Isaiah 32 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him. 1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.
2 He will shelter Israel from the storm and the wind. He will refresh her as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land. 2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then everyone who can see will be looking for God, and those who can hear will listen to his voice. 3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 Even the hotheads among them will be full of sense and understanding. Those who stammer in uncertainty will speak out plainly. 4 The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes. Wealthy cheaters will not be respected as outstanding citizens. 5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 Everyone will recognize ungodly fools for what they are. They spread lies about the LORD; they deprive the hungry of food and give no water to the thirsty. 6 For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water.
7 The smooth tricks of evil people will be exposed, including all the lies they use to oppress the poor in the courts. 7 The scoundrel's methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But good people will be generous to others and will be blessed for all they do. 8 But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.
9 Listen, you women who lie around in lazy ease. Listen to me, and I will tell you of your reward. 9 You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!
10 In a short time -- in just a little more than a year -- you careless ones will suddenly begin to care. For your fruit crop will fail, and the harvest will never take place. 10 In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble, you women of ease; throw off your unconcern. Strip off your pretty clothes, and wear sackcloth in your grief. 11 Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your clothes, put sackcloth around your waists.
12 Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms that will soon be gone, and for those fruitful vines of other years. 12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines
13 For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers. Your joyful homes and happy cities will be gone. 13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers-- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.
14 The palace and the city will be deserted, and busy towns will be empty. Herds of donkeys and goats will graze on the hills where the watchtowers are, 14 The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15 until at last the Spirit is poured down upon us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will become a lush and fertile forest. 15 till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. 16 Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 And this righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever. 17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest. 18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
19 Even though the forest will be destroyed and the city torn down, 19 Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,
20 God will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their flocks and herds will graze in green pastures. 20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.