The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 32:1–5

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Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and as for princes, they shall rule in justice.

For, behold, a righteous king shall reign, and princes shall govern with judgement.

Behold, the king will reign in justice, and the princes will rule in judgment.

And a man shall be as in a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as by the watercourses in a dry place, as in the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

And a man shall hide his words, and be hidden, as from rushing water, and shall appear in Sion as a rushing river, glorious in a thirsty land.

And a man will be like someone hidden from the wind, who conceals himself from a storm, or like rivers of waters in a time of thirst, or like the shadow of a rock that juts out in a desert land.

And the eyes of them that see shall not be closed, and the ears of them that hear shall attend.

And they shall no more trust in men, but they shall incline their ears to hear.

The eyes of those who see will not be obscured, and the ears of those who hear will listen closely.

The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

And the heart of the weak ones shall attend to hear, and the stammering tongues shall soon learn to speak peace.

And the heart of the foolish will understand knowledge, and the tongue of those with impaired speech will speak quickly and plainly.

The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be noble.

And they shall no more at all tell a fool to rule, and thy servants shall no more at all say, Be silent.

He who is foolish will no longer be called leader, nor will the deceitful be called greater.