Isaiah 32:9-20 NIV

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!

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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.

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11 Tremble,6 you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!7 Strip off your clothes,8 put sackcloth9 around your waists.

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12 Beat your breasts10 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines11

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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

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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

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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

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16 Justice23 will dwell in the desert24 and righteousness25 live in the fertile field.

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17 The fruit of righteousness26 will be peace;27 the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence28 forever.

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18 My people will live in peaceful29 dwelling places, in secure homes,30 in undisturbed places of rest.31

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19 Though hail32 flattens the forest33 and the city is leveled34 completely,

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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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