Amplified Bible

Isaiah 32

The Glorious Future

1Behold, a [a]King will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.

Each [one of them] will be like a hiding place from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry land,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched and weary land [to those who turn to them].

Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen attentively.

The heart (mind) of those who act impulsively will discern the truth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hurry to speak clearly.

The fool (the good-for-nothing) will no longer be called noble,
Nor the rogue said to be generous.

For the fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart (mind) plans wickedness:
To practice ungodliness and to speak error concerning the Lord,
To keep the craving of the hungry unsatisfied
And to deprive the thirsty of drink.

As for the rogue, his weapons are evil;
He conceives wicked plans
To ruin the poor with lies,
Even when the plea of the needy one is just and right.

But the noble man conceives noble and magnificent things;
And he stands by what is noble and magnificent.

Rise up, you women who are carefree,
And hear my voice,
You confident and unsuspecting daughters!
Listen to what I am saying.
In little more than a year
You will tremble [with anxiety], you unsuspecting and complacent women;
For the vintage has ended,
And the harvest will not come.
Tremble, you women who are carefree;
Tremble with fear, you complacent ones!
Strip, undress and wear sackcloth on your waist [in grief],
Beat your breasts [in mourning] for the beautiful fields, for the fruitful vine,
For the land of my people growing over with thorns and briars—
Yes, [mourn] for all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
For the palace has been abandoned, the populated city deserted;
The hill [of the city] and the watchtower have become caves [for wild animals] forever,
A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
And the fertile field is valued as a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness will live in the fertile field.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
And the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
Then my people will live in a peaceful surrounding,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places.
But it will hail, when the forest comes down,
And the [capital] city will fall in utter humiliation.
Blessed (happy, fortunate) are you who cast your seed upon all waters [[b]when the river overflows its banks and irrigates the land],
You who allow the ox and the donkey to roam freely.

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 32:1 The Messianic age is again in view (Is 9:7; 11:4; 16:5; 33:17).
  2. Isaiah 32:20 This verse is challenging to interpret; the ancient rabbis allegorized it, interpreting the sowing as acts of charity and the waters as the Torah.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 32

The King Who Will Do What Is Right

1A king will come who will do what is right.
    His officials will govern fairly.
Each official will be like a place to get out of the wind.
    He will be like a place to hide from storms.
He’ll be like streams of water flowing in the desert.
    He’ll be like the shadow of a huge rock in a dry and thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see won’t be closed anymore.
    The ears of those who hear will listen to the truth.
People who are afraid will know and understand.
    Tongues that stutter will speak clearly.
Foolish people won’t be considered noble anymore.
    Those who are worthless won’t be highly respected.
Foolish people say foolish things.
    Their minds are set on doing evil things.
They don’t do what is right.
    They tell lies about the Lord.
They don’t give hungry people any food.
    They don’t let thirsty people have any water.
Those who are worthless use sinful methods.
    They make evil plans against poor people.
They destroy them with their lies.
    They do it even when those people are right.
But those who are noble make noble plans.
    And by doing noble things they succeed.

The Sinful Women in Jerusalem

You women who are so contented,
    pay attention to me.
You who feel so secure,
    listen to what I have to say.
10 You feel secure now.
    But in a little over a year you will tremble with fear.
The grape harvest will fail.
    There won’t be any fruit.
11 So tremble, you contented women.
    Tremble with fear, you who feel so secure.
Take off your fine clothes.
    Wrap yourselves in rags.
12 Beat your chests to show how sad you are.
    The pleasant fields have been destroyed.
    The fruitful vines have dried up.
13 My people’s land is overgrown with thorns and bushes.
    Mourn for all the houses that were once filled with joy.
    Cry over this city that used to be full of wild parties.
14 The royal palace will be left empty.
    The noisy city will be deserted.
The fort and lookout tower will become
    a dry and empty desert forever.
Donkeys will enjoy being there.
    Flocks will eat there.
15 That will continue until the Holy Spirit
    is poured out on us from heaven.
Then the desert will be turned into rich farm lands.
    The rich farm lands will seem like a forest.
16 In the desert, the Lord will make sure people do what is right.
    In the rich farm lands he will make sure they treat one another fairly.
17 Doing what is right will bring peace and rest.
    When my people do that, they will stay calm
    and trust in the Lord forever.
18 They will live in a peaceful land.
    Their homes will be secure.
    They will enjoy peace and quiet.
19 Hail might strip the forests bare.
    Cities might be completely destroyed.
20 But how blessed you people will be!
    You will plant your seeds by every stream.
You will let your cattle and donkeys
    wander anywhere they want to.