See, a king1 will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.22
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.
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,7 and the ears8 of those who hear will listen.
The mind of the rash will know and understand,9 and the stammering tongue10 will be fluent and clear.
No longer will the fool11 be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
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.
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.208
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds21 he stands.22
You women23 who are so complacent, rise up and listen24 to me; you daughters who feel secure,25 hear what I have to say!
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.