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1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and as for princes, they shall rule in justice.
1 For, behold, a righteous king shall reign, and princes shall govern with judgement.
1 Behold, the king will reign in justice, and the princes will rule in judgment.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be closed, and the ears of them that hear shall attend.
3 And they shall no more trust in men, but they shall incline their ears to hear.
3 The eyes of those who see will not be obscured, and the ears of those who hear will listen closely.
4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
4 And the heart of the weak ones shall attend to hear, and the stammering tongues shall soon learn to speak peace.
4 And the heart of the foolish will understand knowledge, and the tongue of those with impaired speech will speak quickly and plainly.
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be noble.
5 And they shall no more at all tell a fool to rule, and thy servants shall no more at all say, Be silent.
5 He who is foolish will no longer be called leader, nor will the deceitful be called greater.