The Righteous Kingdom Announced1 Indeed, a king will reign righteously,
and rulers will rule justly. a
2 Each will be like a shelter from the wind,
a refuge from the rain b
like streams of water c in a dry land
and the shade of a massive rock in an arid land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen. d
4 The reckless mind will gain knowledge,
and the stammering tongue e will speak clearly and fluently.
5 A fool will no longer be called a noble f
nor a scoundrel said to be important.
6 For a fool speaks foolishness
and his mind plots iniquity.
He lives in a godless way
and speaks falsely about the Lord.
He leaves the hungry empty
and deprives the thirsty of drink. g
7 The scoundrel’s weapons are destructive;
he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,
even when the poor says what is right.
8 But a noble person plans noble things;
he stands up for noble causes.
9 Stand up, you complacent women; h
listen to me.
Pay attention to what I say,
you overconfident daughters.
10 In a little more than a year
you overconfident ones will shudder,
for the vintage will fail
and the harvest will not come.
11 Shudder, you complacent ones;
tremble, you overconfident ones!
Strip yourselves bare i
and put ▼
▼sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourningsackcloth around your waists.
12 Beat your breasts in mourning k
for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines l
13 for the ground of my people
growing thorns and briers m
indeed, for every joyous house in the joyful city.
14 For the palace will be forsaken,
the busy city abandoned.
The hill and the watchtower will become
barren places forever,
the joy of wild donkeys,
and a pasture for flocks,
15 until the Spirit from heaven is poured out on us. n
Then the desert will become an orchard,
and the orchard will seem like a forest. o
16 Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,
and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.
17 The result of righteousness will be peace; p
the effect of righteousness
will be quiet confidence forever.
18 Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place,
in safe and secure dwellings.
19 But hail will level the forest ▼
▼Hb obscure, r
and the city will sink into the depths. s
20 Those who sow seed are happy
beside abundant waters; t
they let ox and donkey range freely. u
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