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Chapter 32

The Glorious Future

1 Behold, a king will reign righteously And princes will rule justly.
2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like streams [fn] of water in a dry country, Like the shade of a huge [fn] rock in a [fn] parched land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded [fn], And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The mind [fn] of the hasty will discern the truth [fn], And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble, Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
6 For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines [fn] toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, To keep [fn] the hungry person unsatisfied And to [fn] withhold drink from the thirsty.
7 As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; He devises wicked schemes To destroy the afflicted with slander [fn], Even though the needy one speaks what [fn] is right.
8 But the noble man devises noble plans; And by noble plans he stands.

9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, And hear my voice; Give ear to my word, You complacent daughters.
10 Within a year and a few days You will be troubled, O complacent daughters; For the vintage is ended, And the fruit gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent daughters; Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,
13 For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
14 Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated [fn] city forsaken. Hill [fn] and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
17 And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence [fn] forever.
18 Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;
19 And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.
20 How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters, Who let [fn] out freely the ox and the donkey.
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