Isaiah 32

A King Will Reign in Righteousness

1 Behold, a a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And b a 1 cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 c The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 Also the heart of the 2 rash will d understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5 The foolish person will no longer be called 3 generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6 For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work e iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the LORD,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with f lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8 But a 4 generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.

Complacent Women Warned of Disaster

9 Rise up, you women g who are at ease,
Hear my voice;
You complacent daughters,
Give ear to my speech.
10 In a year and some days
You will be troubled, you complacent women;
For the vintage will fail,
The gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
Be troubled, you complacent ones;
Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare,
And gird sackcloth on your waists.
12 People shall mourn upon their breasts
For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 h On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers,
Yes, on all the happy homes in i the joyous city;
14 j Because the palaces will be forsaken,
The bustling city will be deserted.
The forts and towers will become lairs forever,
A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks -
15 Until k the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
And l the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 m The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet n resting places,
19 o Though hail comes down p on the forest,
And the city is brought low in humiliation.
20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters,
Who send out freely the feet of q the ox and the donkey.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 45:1
    My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 4:6
    And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:18
    In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
    Isaiah 35:5
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:24
    These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, And those who complained will learn doctrine.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 24:7 - 9
    Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:26 - 28
    For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men.
    Micah 7:3
    That they may successfully do evil with both hands - The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 47:8
    Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, Who dwell securely, Who say in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, Nor shall I know the loss of children'.
    Amos 6:1
    Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, And trust in Mount Samaria, Notable persons in the chief nation, To whom the house of Israel comes!
    Zephaniah 2:15
    This is the rejoicing city That dwelt securely, That said in her heart, "I am it, and there is none besides me." How has she become a desolation, A place for beasts to lie down! Everyone who passes by her Shall hiss and shake his fist.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 7:23 - 25
    It shall happen in that day, That wherever there could be a thousand vines Worth a thousand shekels of silver, It will be for briers and thorns.
    Hosea 9:6
    For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns shall be in their tents.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 22:2
    You who are full of noise, A tumultuous city, a joyous city? Your slain men are not slain with the sword, Nor dead in battle.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 27:10
    Yet the fortified city will be desolate, The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down And consume its branches.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:2
    The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
    Ezekiel 39:29
    'And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,' says the Lord GOD."
    Joel 2:28
    And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 107:35
    He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.
    Isaiah 29:17
    Is it not yet a very little while Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 119:165
    Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
    Isaiah 2:4
    He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
    Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
    James 3:18
    Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:10
    "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse...
    Isaiah 14:3
    It shall come to pass in the day the LORD gives...
    Isaiah 30:15
    For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Isr...
    Hosea 2:18 - 23
    In that day I will make a covenant for them Wit...
    Zechariah 2:5
    'For I,' says the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire...
    Zechariah 3:10
    In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'Everyone...
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:30
    The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, And show the descent of His arm, With the indignation of His anger And the flame of a devouring fire, With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
  16. Cross References
    Zechariah 11:2
    Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the thick forest has come down.
  17. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 11:1
    Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.
    Isaiah 30:23
    Then He will give the rain for your seed With which you sow the ground, And bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures.
    Isaiah 30:24
    Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground Will eat cured fodder, Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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