Isaiah 32 NIV

The Kingdom of Righteousness

1 See, a king1 will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.2

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2 Each man will be like a shelter3 from the wind and a refuge from the storm,4 like streams of water5 in the desert6 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,7 and the ears8 of those who hear will listen.

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4 The mind of the rash will know and understand,9 and the stammering tongue10 will be fluent and clear.

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5 No longer will the fool11 be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

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6 For the fool speaks folly,12 his mind is busy with evil:13 He practices ungodliness14 and spreads error15 concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty16 and from the thirsty he withholds water.

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7 The scoundrel's methods are wicked,17 he makes up evil schemes18 to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy19 is just.20

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8 But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds21 he stands.22

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The Women of Jerusalem

9 You women23 who are so complacent, rise up and listen24 to me; you daughters who feel secure,25 hear what I have to say!

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10 In little more than a year26 you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail,27 and the harvest of fruit will not come.

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11 Tremble,28 you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!29 Strip off your clothes,30 put sackcloth31 around your waists.

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12 Beat your breasts32 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines33

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13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers34-- yes, mourn35 for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.36

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14 The fortress37 will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted;38 citadel and watchtower39 will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys,40 a pasture for flocks,41

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15 till the Spirit42 is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field,43 and the fertile field seems like a forest.44

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16 Justice45 will dwell in the desert46 and righteousness47 live in the fertile field.

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17 The fruit of righteousness48 will be peace;49 the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence50 forever.

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18 My people will live in peaceful51 dwelling places, in secure homes,52 in undisturbed places of rest.53

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19 Though hail54 flattens the forest55 and the city is leveled56 completely,

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20 how blessed you will be, sowing57 your seed by every stream,58 and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.59

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