32 A king will rule in ·a way that brings justice [righteousness; justice], and ·leaders [rulers; princes] will ·make fair decisions [rule in justice]. 2 Then each ruler will be like a shelter from the wind, like a ·safe place [refuge] in a storm, like streams of water in a dry land, like a cool shadow from a large rock in a ·hot [thirsty; weary] land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will ·see the truth [not be closed], and the ears of those who hear will listen. 4 ·People who are now worried [or Those who are reckless; L The heart of the hasty] will be able to understand. ·Those who cannot speak clearly now [The stuttering/stammering tongue] will then be able to speak clearly and quickly. 5 Fools will not be called ·great [noble; honorable], and people will not respect the ·wicked [scoundrel; deceiver]. 6 A fool says foolish things, and in his ·mind [heart] he ·plans evil [or commits sin]. A fool ·does things that are wicked [practices ungodliness], and he ·says wrong things [spreads error] about the Lord. A fool does not feed the hungry or let thirsty people drink water. 7 The ·wicked person [scoundrel] uses evil ·like a tool [or schemes; methods]. He plans ·ways [wicked schemes] to take everything from the poor. He destroys the poor with lies, even when the ·poor person [needy] ·is in the right [L speak justice]. 8 But a ·good leader plans to do good [honorable/noble man plans honorable/noble things], and those ·good [honorable; noble] things make him ·a good leader [or stand firm].
Hard Times Are Coming
9 You women who are ·calm [complacent] now, ·stand [rise] up and listen to ·me [L my voice]. You ·women [L daughters] who feel ·safe [secure; self-confident] now, hear what I say. 10 You women feel ·safe [secure; self-confident] now, but ·after one year [L in a year and some days] you will ·be afraid [shudder; tremble]. There will be no grape harvest and no summer fruit to gather. 11 Women, you are ·calm [complacent] now, but you should shake with fear. Women, you feel ·safe [secure; self-confident] now, but you should tremble. ·Take [Strip] off your nice clothes and put ·rough cloth [burlap; sackcloth] around your waist [C a sign of sorrow or despair]. 12 Beat your breasts [C a sign of mourning or grief], ·because the fields that were pleasant are now empty [L for the pleasant fields]. ·Cry, because the vines that once had fruit now have no more grapes [L …for the fruitful vine]. 13 ·Cry for [L …for] the land of my people, in which only thorns and weeds now grow [Gen. 3:18]. ·Cry for [L …for] the city that once was happy and for all the houses that once were filled with joy. 14 The ·palace [or fortress] will be ·empty [abandoned; deserted]; the ·noisy [bustling; populous] city will be abandoned. ·Strong cities and towers [or The citadel and the watchtower] will be empty. Wild donkeys will love to live there, and sheep will go there to eat.
Things Will Get Better
15 This will continue until ·God pours his Spirit [L the Spirit is poured] from ·above [heaven; T on high] upon us. Then the desert will be like ·rich farmland [a fertile/fruitful field] and the ·rich farmland [fertile/fruitful field] like a forest [29:17; 35:1, 2]. 16 Justice will ·be found [L dwell] even in the desert, and fairness will be found in the ·rich farmland [fertile/fruitful field]. 17 That fairness will bring peace, and it will bring ·calm [quietness] and ·safety [trust; confidence] forever. 18 My people will live in peaceful places and in ·safe [secure] homes and in ·calm [quiet] places of rest. 19 Hail will destroy the forest, and the city will be ·completely destroyed [brought down; laid low]. 20 But you will be ·happy [blessed] as you plant seeds near every stream and as you let [L the feet of] your cattle and donkeys wander freely.
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