The Glorious Future1 Behold, a a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
2 Each will be like a b refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
▼ Lit canals, d streams of water in a dry country,
Like the e shade of a ▼
▼ Lit heavyhuge rock in ▼
▼ Lit an exhausteda parched land.
3 Then h the eyes of those who see will not be ▼
▼ Or turned awayblinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The ▼
▼ Lit heartmind of the k hasty will discern the ▼
▼ Lit knowledgetruth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.
5 No longer will the m fool be called noble,
Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
6 For a fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart ▼
▼ Or does, o inclines toward wickedness:
To practice p ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord,
▼ Lit make empty the hungry soul, r keep the hungry person unsatisfied
▼ Lit he causes to lackto withhold drink from the thirsty.
7 As for a rogue, his weapons are evil;
He t devises wicked schemes
To u destroy the afflicted with ▼
▼ Lit words of falsehoodslander,
w Even though the needy one speaks ▼
▼ Lit justlywhat is right.
8 But y the noble man devises noble plans;
And by noble plans he stands.
9 Rise up, you z women who are at ease,
And hear my voice;
aa Give ear to my word,
You complacent daughters.
10 Within a year and a few days
You will be troubled, O complacent daughters;
ab For the vintage is ended,
And the fruit gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
ac Be troubled, you complacent daughters;
ad Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
12 ae Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,
13 af For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up;
Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the ag jubilant city.
14 Because ah the palace has been abandoned, the ▼
▼ Lit multitude of thepopulated aj city forsaken.
▼ Or OphelHill and watch-tower have become al caves forever,
A delight for am wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
15 Until the an Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a ao fertile field,
And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
16 Then ap justice will dwell in the wilderness
And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
17 And the aq work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness ar quietness and ▼
▼ Or securityconfidence forever.
18 Then my people will live in a at peaceful habitation,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed au resting places;
19 And it will av hail when the aw forest comes down,
And ax the city will be utterly laid low.
20 How ay blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters,
▼ Lit send out the foot of the oxlet out freely the ox and the donkey.
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