Isaiah 32 NIV

The Kingdom of Righteousness

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.

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2 Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

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3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

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4 The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

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5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

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6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.

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7 Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.

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8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

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The Women of Jerusalem

9 You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!

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10 In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.

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11 Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.

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12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines

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13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers— yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.

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14 The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,

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15 till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.

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16 The LORD’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.

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17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

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18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

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19 Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,

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20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

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