Isaiah 32:5-17 NIV

5 No longer will the fool1 be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

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6 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.

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7 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.10

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8 But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds11 he stands.12

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The Women of Jerusalem

9 You women13 who are so complacent, rise up and listen14 to me; you daughters who feel secure,15 hear what I have to say!

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10 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.

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11 Tremble,18 you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!19 Strip off your clothes,20 put sackcloth21 around your waists.

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12 Beat your breasts22 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines23

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13 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.26

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14 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,31

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15 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.34

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16 Justice35 will dwell in the desert36 and righteousness37 live in the fertile field.

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17 The fruit of righteousness38 will be peace;39 the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence40 forever.

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