Isaiah 32:1-8

The Kingdom of Righteousness

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.
2 Each one 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 the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.
7 Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

Isaiah 32:1-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 32

This chapter contains a prophecy of the Messiah; for, however applicable it may be to Hezekiah, as a type of Christ, it only has its full accomplishment in him, and in his times; who is described as a righteous King, and as having just princes ruling under him, Isa 32:1 and as a very great blessing, protection, and comfort to his subjects, Isa 32:2 when follows a prediction of great light and knowledge that should be in his days, Isa 32:3,4 and of the vileness, hypocrisy, and covetousness of the Jews in his times, Isa 32:5-8 and of the destruction of their country, because of their sins, of which they seemed greatly insensible, and were unconcerned about it, and are therefore called upon to lament it, Isa 32:9-14 which should continue until there would be a very great effusion of the Spirit, as should make the world, comparable to a wilderness, fruitful in grace and good works; the consequence of which is great prosperity, peace, and safety, to the saints, Isa 32:15-18 and destruction to their enemies, particularly the city of Rome, Isa 32:19 and the chapter is concluded with the happiness of the Gospel ministration, and the success of it, Isa 32:20.

Isaiah 32:1-8 In-Context

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.
2 Each one 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 the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.
7 Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
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 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 complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines

Cross References 22

  • 1. S Psalms 149:2; S Isaiah 6:5; Isaiah 55:4; Ezekiel 37:24
  • 2. Psalms 72:1-4; S Isaiah 9:7; S Isaiah 28:6
  • 3. S 1 Kings 18:4; Isaiah 4:6
  • 4. S Psalms 55:8
  • 5. S Psalms 23:2; S Isaiah 30:25; Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:9
  • 6. S Psalms 107:35; Isaiah 44:3
  • 7. S Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 35:5; Isaiah 42:7,16
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 29:4
  • 9. Isaiah 6:10; S Isaiah 29:24
  • 10. Isaiah 35:6
  • 11. S 1 Samuel 25:25
  • 12. S Proverbs 19:3
  • 13. S Proverbs 24:2; S Isaiah 26:10
  • 14. S Isaiah 9:17
  • 15. Isaiah 3:12; Isaiah 9:16
  • 16. S Isaiah 3:15
  • 17. Jeremiah 5:26-28; Daniel 12:10
  • 18. S Isaiah 29:20; Micah 7:3
  • 19. S Psalms 72:4; Isaiah 29:19; Isaiah 61:1
  • 20. S Isaiah 29:21
  • 21. 1 Chronicles 29:9; S Proverbs 11:25
  • 22. Isaiah 14:24
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