New Living Translation

Isaiah 32

Israel’s Ultimate Deliverance

1Look, a righteous king is coming!
    And honest princes will rule under him.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
    and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.

Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
    and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it.
Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding.
    Those who stammer will speak out plainly.
In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes.
    Scoundrels will not be respected.
For fools speak foolishness
    and make evil plans.
They practice ungodliness
    and spread false teachings about the Lord.
They deprive the hungry of food
    and give no water to the thirsty.
The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil.
    They plot crooked schemes.
They lie to convict the poor,
    even when the cause of the poor is just.
But generous people plan to do what is generous,
    and they stand firm in their generosity.

Listen, you women who lie around in ease.
    Listen to me, you who are so smug.
10 In a short time—just a little more than a year—
    you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.
For your fruit crops will fail,
    and the harvest will never take place.
11 Tremble, you women of ease;
    throw off your complacency.
Strip off your pretty clothes,
    and put on burlap to show your grief.
12 Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms
    and your fruitful grapevines.
13 For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers.
    Your joyful homes and happy towns will be gone.
14 The palace and the city will be deserted,
    and busy towns will be empty.
Wild donkeys will frolic and flocks will graze
    in the empty forts[a] and watchtowers
15 until at last the Spirit is poured out
    on us from heaven.
Then the wilderness will become a fertile field,
    and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.

16 Justice will rule in the wilderness
    and righteousness in the fertile field.
17 And this righteousness will bring peace.
    Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in safety, quietly at home.
    They will be at rest.
19 Even if the forest should be destroyed
    and the city torn down,
20 the Lord will greatly bless his people.
    Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.
    Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.

Notas al pie

  1. 32:14 Hebrew the Ophel.

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.