32 Indeed, a king will reign righteously,
and rulers will rule justly. j
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.
and the ears of those who hear will listen. m
and the stammering tongue n will speak clearly and fluently.
5 A fool will no longer be called a noble, o
nor a scoundrel said to be important.
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
he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,
even when the poor says what is right.
he stands up for noble causes.
9 Stand up, you complacent women; q
listen to me.
Pay attention to what I say,
you overconfident daughters.
you overconfident ones will shudder,
for the vintage will fail
and the harvest will not come.
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
growing thorns and briers, u
indeed, for every joyous house in the joyful city.
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
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.
in safe and secure dwellings.
and the city will sink into the depths. a
beside abundant waters; b
they let ox and donkey range freely. c
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