1 See, a king will reign in righteousness ¶ and rulers will rule with justice.
2 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 thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, ¶ and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: ¶ They practice ungodliness ¶ and spread error concerning the LORD; ¶ the hungry they leave empty ¶ and from the thirsty they withhold water.
7 Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes ¶ to destroy the poor with lies, ¶ even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
9 You women who are so complacent, ¶ rise up and listen to me; ¶ you daughters who feel secure, ¶ hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; ¶ the grape harvest will fail, ¶ and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! ¶ Strip off your fine clothes ¶ and wrap yourselves in rags.
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines
13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers — ¶ yes, mourn for all houses of merriment ¶ and for this city of revelry.
14 The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; ¶ citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, ¶ the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15 till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, ¶ and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 The LORD's justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, ¶ in undisturbed places of rest.
19 Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,
20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, ¶ and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.