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Isaiah 32:9-20 (New International Version)

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The Women of Jerusalem

9 You women1 who are so complacent, rise up and listen2 to me; you daughters who feel secure,3 hear what I have to say! 10 In little more than a year4 you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail,5 and the harvest of fruit will not come. 11 Tremble,6 you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!7 Strip off your clothes,8 put sackcloth9 around your waists. 12 Beat your breasts10 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines11 13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers12-- yes, mourn13 for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.14 14 The fortress15 will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted;16 citadel and watchtower17 will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys,18 a pasture for flocks,19 15 till the Spirit20 is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field,21 and the fertile field seems like a forest.22 16 Justice23 will dwell in the desert24 and righteousness25 live in the fertile field. 17 The fruit of righteousness26 will be peace;27 the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence28 forever. 18 My people will live in peaceful29 dwelling places, in secure homes,30 in undisturbed places of rest.31 19 Though hail32 flattens the forest33 and the city is leveled34 completely, 20 how blessed you will be, sowing35 your seed by every stream,36 and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.37
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