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32 Indeed, a king will reign righteously,

and rulers will rule justly.p

Each will be like a shelter from the wind,

a refuge from the rain,q

like flowing streamsr in a dry land

and the shade of a massive rock in an arid land.

Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,

and the ears of those who hear will listen.s

The reckless mind will gain knowledge,

and the stammering tonguet will speak clearly and fluently.

A fool will no longer be called a noble,u

nor a scoundrel said to be important.

For a fool speaks foolishness

and his mind plots iniquity.

He lives in a godless way

and speaks falsely about the Lord.

He leaves the hungry empty

and deprives the thirsty of drink.v

The scoundrel’s weapons are destructive;

he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,

even when the poor person says what is right.

But a noble person plans noble things;

he stands up for noble causes.

Stand up, you complacent women;w

listen to me.

Pay attention to what I say,

you overconfident daughters.

10 In a little more than a year

you overconfident ones will shudder,

for the grapes will fail

and the harvest will not come.

11 Shudder, you complacent ones;

tremble, you overconfident ones!

Strip yourselves barea

and put sackcloth around your waists.

12 Beat your breasts in mourningb

for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines,c

13 for the ground of my people

growing thorns and briers,d

indeed, for every joyous house in the jubilant city.

14 For the palace will be deserted,

the busy city abandoned.

The hill and the watchtower will become

barren places forever,

the joy of wild donkeys,

and a pasture for flocks,

15 until the SpiritA from on high is poured out on us.e

Then the desert will become an orchard,

and the orchard will seem like a forest.f

16 Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,

and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.

17 The result of righteousness will be peace;g

the effect of righteousness

will be quiet confidence forever.

18 Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place,

in safe and secure dwellings.

19 But hail will level the forest,B,h

and the city will sink into the depths.i

20 You will be happy as you sow seed

beside abundant water,j

and as you let oxen and donkeys range freely.k


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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