The blessings of Christ's kingdom. Desolation is foreshewn. Restoration is promised to succeed.
1 Behold, 1a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
2 And 1a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a agreat rock in a weary land.
3 1And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 The heart also of the arash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak bplainly.
5 1The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 1For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 1The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even awhen the needy speaketh right.
8 1But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he astand.
9 ¶ Rise up, 1ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 aMany days and years shall ye 1be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 1Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12 They shall lament for 1the teats, for the apleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 1Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; ayea, upon all the houses of joy in the 2joyous city:
14 1Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the aforts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
15 Until 1the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and 2the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
16 1Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 1And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell 1in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
19 When it 1shall hail, coming down on the forest; aand the city shall be low in a low place.
20 1Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.