1There is coming a king who will reign justly
and princes who will rule uprightly.
2A man will be like a refuge from the wind,
like protection from a storm,
like streams of water on arid ground,
like a rock cliff shading a weary land.
3The eyes of those seeing will not be closed,
the ears of those hearing will pay close attention.
4The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully,
the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.
5The mean person will no longer be called generous,
or the miserly said to be noble;
6for the mean person will speak meanness,
his heart planning evil, so that he can act godlessly,
spreading error concerning Adonai,
as he lets the hungry go on starving
and deprives the thirsty of drink.
7The mean person’s means are mean —
he devises wicked devices
to ruin the poor and needy with lies,
even when their cause is just.
8But the generous person devises generous things,
and his generosity will keep him standing.
9You women who are so complacent, listen to me!
Overconfident women, pay attention to my words!
10In a year and a few days more,
you overconfident women will shudder,
because the vintage will fail,
the harvest will not come.
11Tremble, you complacent women!
Shudder, you overconfident women!
Strip bare, wear sackcloth to cover yourselves.
12Beat your breasts in mourning
for the pleasant fields and fruitful vines,
13for the land of my people, producing thorns and briars,
for all the happy homes in the joyful city.
14For the palace will be abandoned,
the crowded city deserted,
‘Ofel and fortress wastelands forever,
a delight for wild donkeys and a pasture for flocks —
15till the Spirit is poured out on us from above,
and the desert becomes a fertile field,
with the fertile field regarded as a forest.
16Then justice will dwell in the desert,
and righteousness abide in the fertile field.
17The effect of righteousness will be peace;
the result of righteousness, quiet trust forever.
18My people will live in a peaceful place,
in secure neighborhoods and tranquil dwellings.
19Just as the forest will surely come down,
the city will surely be laid low.
20Happy are you who sow by all streams,
letting oxen and donkeys roam freely.