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The Righteous Kingdom Announced

32 Indeed, a king will reign righteously,

and rulers will rule justly. j

Each will be like a shelter from the wind,

a refuge from the rain, k

like streams of water l 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. m

The reckless mind will gain knowledge,

and the stammering tongue n will speak clearly and fluently.

A fool will no longer be called a noble, o

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. p

The scoundrel’s weapons are destructive;

he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,

even when the poor says what is right.

But a noble person plans noble things;

he stands up for noble causes.

Stand up, you complacent women; q

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 vintage will fail

and the harvest will not come.

11 Shudder, you complacent ones;

tremble, you overconfident ones!

Strip yourselves bare r

and put * sackcloth around your waists.

12 Beat your breasts in mourning s

for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines, t

13 for the ground of my people

growing thorns and briers, u

indeed, for every joyous house in the joyful city.

14 For the palace will be forsaken,

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 Spirit from heaven is poured out on us. v

Then the desert will become an orchard,

and the orchard will seem like a forest. w

16 Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,

and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.

17 The result of righteousness will be peace; x

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, y z

and the city will sink into the depths. a

20 Those who sow seed are happy

beside abundant waters; b

they let ox and donkey range freely. c


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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