No longer will the fool1 be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
For the fool speaks folly,2 his mind is busy with evil:3 He practices ungodliness4 and spreads error5 concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty6 and from the thirsty he withholds water.
The scoundrel's methods are wicked,7 he makes up evil schemes8 to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy9 is just.108
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds11 he stands.12
You women13 who are so complacent, rise up and listen14 to me; you daughters who feel secure,15 hear what I have to say!
In little more than a year16 you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail,17 and the harvest of fruit will not come.
Tremble,18 you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!19 Strip off your clothes,20 put sackcloth21 around your waists.
Beat your breasts22 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines2313
and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers24-- yes, mourn25 for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.2614
The fortress27 will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted;28 citadel and watchtower29 will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys,30 a pasture for flocks,3115
till the Spirit32 is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field,33 and the fertile field seems like a forest.3416
Justice35 will dwell in the desert36 and righteousness37 live in the fertile field.
The fruit of righteousness38 will be peace;39 the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence40 forever.