Reign in Righteousness
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness and princes will rule in justice.
2Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a massive rock in a weary land.
3Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will pay attention.
4The heart of the hasty will understand knowledge, and the tongue of stammerers will speak fluently, clearly.
5No longer will a fool be called noble, or a scoundrel said to be a gentleman.
6For the fool speaks foolishness and his heart works wickedness, to practice ungodliness, and speak error about Adonai, to deprive the hungry of food and withhold drink from the thirsty.
7The scoundrel’s methods are evil— he makes up wicked schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8But the noble devises noble plans, and for noble causes he stands.
9Rise up, you women at ease, And hear my voice. You complacent daughters, give ear to my words.
10Within a year and a few days you will shudder, complacent ones. For the grape harvest will fail and the gathering will not come.
11Tremble, you women at ease! Shudder, you complacent ones! Strip and make yourselves bare, and put sackcloth on your waist.
12Beat your breasts lamenting for pleasant fields, for fruitful vine,
13for the land of my people, where thorns and briars come up, for all the joyful houses of the jubilant city.
14For the palace will be abandoned; the bustling city will be deserted; the citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, a delight of wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15until the Ruach is poured out on us from on high, and the desert becomes a garden, and a garden seems like a forest.
16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the garden.
17The result of righteousness will be shalom and the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
18My people will live in a peaceful place, in secure dwellings, quiet resting places.
19Then hail will flatten the forest; and the city will be utterly laid low.
20Blessed are you, sowing by all waters, letting the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.