32 Look, a king will promote fairness; 1
officials will promote justice. 2
2 Each of them 3 will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from a rainstorm;
like streams of water in a dry region
and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.
3 Eyes 4 will no longer be blind 5
and ears 6 will be attentive.
4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment 7
and the tongue that stutters will speak with ease and clarity.
5 A fool will no longer be called honorable;
a deceiver will no longer be called principled.
6 For a fool speaks disgraceful things; 8
his mind plans out sinful deeds. 9
He commits godless deeds 10
and says misleading things about the Lord;
he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite 11
and gives the thirsty nothing to drink. 12
7 A deceiver’s methods are evil; 13
he dreams up evil plans 14
to ruin the poor with lies,
even when the needy are in the right. 15
8 An honorable man makes honorable plans;
his honorable character gives him security. 16
9 You complacent 17 women,
get up and listen to me!
You carefree 18 daughters,
pay attention to what I say!
10 In a year’s time 19
you carefree ones will shake with fear,
for the grape 20 harvest will fail,
and the fruit harvest will not arrive.
11 Tremble, you complacent ones!
Shake with fear, you carefree ones!
Strip off your clothes and expose yourselves –
put sackcloth on your waist! 21
12 Mourn over the field, 22
over the delightful fields
and the fruitful vine!
13 Mourn 23 over the land of my people,
which is overgrown with thorns and briers,
and over all the once-happy houses 24
in the city filled with revelry. 25
14 For the fortress is neglected;
the once-crowded 26 city is abandoned.
Hill 27 and watchtower
are permanently uninhabited. 28
Wild donkeys love to go there,
and flocks graze there. 29
15 This desolation will continue until new life is poured out on us from heaven. 30
Then the desert will become an orchard
and the orchard will be considered a forest. 31
16 Justice will settle down in the desert
and fairness will live in the orchard. 32
17 Fairness will produce peace 33
and result in lasting security. 34
18 My people will live in peaceful settlements,
in secure homes,
and in safe, quiet places. 35
19 Even if the forest is destroyed 36
and the city is annihilated, 37
20 you will be blessed,
you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, 38
you who let your ox and donkey graze. 39
33 The destroyer is as good as dead, 1
you who have not been destroyed!
The deceitful one is as good as dead, 2
the one whom others have not deceived!
When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;
when you finish 3 deceiving, others will deceive you!
2 Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you.
Give us strength each morning! 4
Deliver us when distress comes. 5
3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 6
the nations scatter when you spring into action! 7
4 Your plunder 8 disappears as if locusts were eating it; 9
they swarm over it like locusts! 10
5 The Lord is exalted, 11
indeed, 12 he lives in heaven; 13
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
6 He is your constant source of stability; 14
he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; 15
he gives all this to those who fear him. 16
7 Look, ambassadors 17 cry out in the streets;
messengers sent to make peace 18 weep bitterly.
8 Highways are empty, 19
there are no travelers. 20
Treaties are broken, 21
witnesses are despised, 22
human life is treated with disrespect. 23
9 The land 24 dries up 25 and withers away;
the forest of Lebanon shrivels up 26 and decays.
Sharon 27 is like the desert; 28
Bashan and Carmel 29 are parched. 30
10 “Now I will rise up,” says the Lord.
“Now I will exalt myself;
now I will magnify myself. 31
11 You conceive straw, 32
you give birth to chaff;
your breath is a fire that destroys you. 33
12 The nations will be burned to ashes; 34
like thorn bushes that have been cut down, they will be set on fire.
13 You who are far away, listen to what I have done!
You who are close by, recognize my strength!”
14 Sinners are afraid in Zion;
panic 35 grips the godless. 36
They say, 37 ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire?
Who among us can coexist with unquenchable 38 fire?’
15 The one who lives 39 uprightly 40
and speaks honestly;
the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures
and rejects a bribe; 41
the one who does not plot violent crimes 42
and does not seek to harm others 43 –
16 This is the person who will live in a secure place; 44
he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; 45
he will have food
and a constant supply of water.
17 You will see a king in his splendor; 46
you will see a wide land. 47
18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, 48
and you will ask yourselves, 49 “Where is the scribe?
Where is the one who weighs the money?
Where is the one who counts the towers?” 50
19 You will no longer see a defiant 51 people
whose language you do not comprehend, 52
whose derisive speech you do not understand. 53
20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals!
You 54 will see Jerusalem, 55
a peaceful settlement,
a tent that stays put; 56
its stakes will never be pulled up;
none of its ropes will snap in two.
21 Instead the Lord will rule there as our mighty king. 57
Rivers and wide streams will flow through it; 58
no war galley will enter; 59
no large ships will sail through. 60
22 For the Lord, our ruler,
the Lord, our commander,
the Lord, our king –
he will deliver us.
23 Though at this time your ropes are slack, 61
the mast is not secured, 62
and the sail 63 is not unfurled,
at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot; 64
even the lame will drag off plunder. 65
24 No resident of Zion 66 will say, “I am ill”;
the people who live there will have their sin forgiven.