Isaiah 32

1Listen to the things I say! A king should rule in a way that brings goodness. Leaders should make fair decisions when they lead the people. 2˻If this would happen˼, then the king would be like a place to hide from the wind and rain. It would be like having streams of water in a dry land. It would be like a cool shadow from a large rock in a hot land. 3People would turn to the king for help, and people would truly listen to the things he says. 4People that are now confused would be able to understand. People that can’t speak clearly now would be able to speak clearly and quickly. 5Foolish people would not be called great men. People would not respect men that make secret plans. 6A foolish person says foolish things, and in his heart ˻(mind)˼, plans evil things to do. A foolish person wants to do things that are wrong. A foolish person says bad things about the Lord. A foolish person does not let hungry people eat food. A foolish person does not let thirsty people drink water. 7That foolish person uses evil like a tool. He plans ways to take everything from poor people. That foolish person tells lies about the poor people. And his lies keep the poor people from being judged fairly. 8But a good leader plans good things to do. And those good things make him a good leader. 9Some of you women are calm now. You feel safe. But you should stand and listen to the words I say. 10You women feel safe now, but after one year you will be troubled. ˻Why?˼ Because you will not gather grapes next year—there will be no grapes to gather. 11Women, you are calm now, but you should be afraid! Women, you feel safe now, but you should be worried! Take off your nice clothes and put on your clothes of sadness. Wrap those clothes around your waist. 12Put those clothes of sadness over your sorrow-filled breasts. Cry because your fields are empty. Your vineyards once gave grapes—but now they are empty. 13Cry for the land of my people. Cry because only thorns and weeds will grow there. Cry for the city and for all the houses that were once filled with joy. 14People will leave the capital city. The palace and towers will be left empty. People will not live in houses—they will live in caves. Wild donkeys and sheep will live in the city—animals will go there to eat grass. 15- 16This will continue until God gives us his Spirit from above. Now there is no goodness in the land—it is like a desert. ˻But in the future,˼ that desert will be like the land of Carmel—fair judgment will live there. And Carmel will be like a green forest—goodness will live there. 17That goodness will bring peace and safety forever. 18My people will live in the beautiful field of peace. My people will live in tents of safety. They will live in calm and peaceful places. 19But before these things happen, the forest must fall. That city must be defeated. 20Some of you people plant seeds near every stream of water. You let your cattle and donkeys walk around and eat freely. You people will be very happy.

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