Isaiah 32

Behold! a king shall reign in righteousness, And princes shall rule with equity. Every one of them shall be a hiding-place from the wind, And a shelter from the tempest; As streams of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The eyes of them that see shall no more be blind, And the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart of the rash shall gain wisdom, And the tongue of the stammerer learn to speak plainly. The vile shall no more be called liberal, Nor the niggard said to be bountiful; For the vile will still utter villany, And his heart will devise iniquity; He will practise deception, and speak impiety against God; He will take away the food of the hungry, And deprive the thirsty of drink. The instruments also of the niggard are evil; He plotteth mischievous devices, To destroy the poor with lying words, Even when the cause of the needy is just. But the liberal deviseth liberal things, And in liberal things will he persevere. Arise, hear my voice, ye women that are at ease! Give ear to my speech, ye careless daughters! 10 One year more, and ye shall tremble, ye careless women! For the vintage shall fail; the harvest shall not come. 11 Tremble, O ye that are at ease! Be in dismay, ye careless ones! Strip you, make you bare, gird ye sackcloth upon your loins! 12 They shall smite themselves on their breasts, On account of the pleasant fields, On account of the fruitful vine. 13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; Yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city. 14 For the palace shall be forsaken; The tumult of the city shall be solitary; The fortified hill and the tower shall be dens forever; The joy of wild-asses, the pasture of flocks; 15 Until the spirit from on high be poured upon us, And the wilderness become a fruitful field, And the fruitful field be esteemed a forest. 16 Then shall justice dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness in the fruitful field. 17 And the effect of righteousness shall be peace, And the fruit of righteousness quiet and security forever. 18 Then shall my people dwell in peaceful habitations, In secure dwellings, in quiet resting-places. 19 But the hail shall descend, and the forest shall fall; And the city shall be brought very low. 20 Happy ye who sow beside all waters; Who send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass!
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