32 1Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall
rule in justice.
2And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and
a covert from the tempest, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade
of a great rock in a weary land.
3And the eyes of them that see shall not
be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4And the heart of
the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall
be ready to speak plainly.
5The fool shall be no more called noble, nor
the churl said to be bountiful.
6For the fool will speak folly, and his
heart will work iniquity, to practise profaneness, and to utter error against
Jehovah, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the
thirsty to fail.
7And the instruments of the churl are evil: he deviseth
wicked devices to destroy the meek with lying words, even when the needy
8But the noble deviseth noble things; and in noble things
shall he continue.
9Rise up, ye women that are at ease, and hear
my voice; ye careless daughters, give ear unto my speech.
beyond a year shall ye be troubled, ye careless women; for the vintage shall
fail, the ingathering shall not come.
11Tremble, ye women that are at
ease; be troubled, ye careless ones; strip you, and make you bare, and gird
sackcloth upon your loins.
12They shall smite upon the breasts
for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13Upon the land of my
people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in
the joyous city.
14For the palace shall be forsaken; the populous city
shall be deserted; the hill and the watch-tower shall be for dens for ever, a
joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
15until the Spirit be poured upon
us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful
field be esteemed as a forest.
16Then justice shall dwell in the
wilderness; and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field.
the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness,
quietness and confidence for ever.
18And my people shall abide in a
peaceable habitation, and in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.
19But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be
utterly laid low.
20Blessed are yet that sow beside all waters, that send
forth the feet of the ox and the ass.