1Behold, a 1king will reignrighteously And princes will rulejustly.
2Each will be like a 2refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like a3streams of water in a drycountry, Like the 4shade of a bhugerock in ca parchedland.
Then 5the eyes of those who see will not be dblinded, And the ears of those who hear will listen.
The emind of the 6hasty will discern the ftruth, And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speakclearly.
5Nolonger will the 7fool be callednoble, Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
For a foolspeaksnonsense, And his heartg8inclines toward wickedness : To practice9ungodliness and to speakerroragainst the LORD, To h10keep the hungrypersonunsatisfied And ito withholddrink from the thirsty.
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil ; He 11deviseswickedschemes To 12destroy the afflicted with jslander , 13Even though the needyonespeakskwhat is right.
But 14the noblemandevisesnobleplans ; And by nobleplans he stands.
9Rise up, you 15womenwho are at ease, And hear my voice ; 16Giveear to my word, You complacentdaughters.
10Within a year and a few days You will be troubled, O complacent daughters; 17For the vintage is ended, And the fruit gathering will not come.
11Tremble, you women who are at ease ; 18Be troubled, you complacent daughters; 19Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
1220Beat your breasts for the pleasantfields, for the fruitfulvine,
1321For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyfulhouses and for the 22jubilantcity.
14Because23the palace has been abandoned, the lpopulated24cityforsaken. mHill and watch-tower have become25cavesforever , A delight for 26wilddonkeys, a pasture for flocks ;
15Until the 27Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wildernessbecomes a 28fertilefield, And the fertilefield is considered as a forest.
Then 29justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertilefield.
And the 30work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, 31quietness and nconfidenceforever .
Then my people will live in a 32peacefulhabitation, And in securedwellings and in undisturbed33restingplaces ;
And it will 34hail when the 35forestcomesdown, And 36the city will be utterlylaidlow.
How 37blessed will you be, you who sowbesideallwaters, Who olet out freely the ox and the donkey.