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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 32

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1Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, And ministers shall govern with justice; 2Every one of them shall be Like a refuge from gales, A shelter from rainstorms; Like brooks of water in a desert, Like the shade of a massive rock In a languishing land.

3Then the eyes of those who have sight shall not be sealed, And the ears of those who have hearing shall listen; 4And the minds of the thoughtless shall attend and note, And the tongues of mumblers shall speak with fluent eloquence. 5No more shall a villain be called noble, Nor shall “gentleman” be said of a knave. 6For the villain speaks villainy And plots treachery; To act impiously And to preach disloyalty against the LORD; To leave the hungry unsatisfied And deprive the thirsty of drink. 7As for the knave, his tools are knavish. He forges plots To destroy the poor with falsehoods And the needy when they plead their cause. 8But the noble has noble intentions And is constant in noble acts.

9You carefree women, Attend, hear my words! You confident ladies, Give ear to my speech! 10 a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. In little more than a year, ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. You shall be troubled, O confident ones, When the vintage is over And no ingathering takes place. 11Tremble, you carefree ones! Quake, O confident ones! Strip yourselves naked, Put the cloth about your loins! 12Lament b‐ Emendation yields “for the fields.” upon the breasts, ‐b Emendation yields “for the fields.” For the pleasant fields, For the spreading grapevines, 13For my people's soil— It shall be overgrown with briers and thistles— Aye, and for all the houses of delight, For the city of mirth. 14For the castle shall be abandoned, The noisy city forsaken; Citadel and tower shall become c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “Brushland, desert.” Bare places ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “Brushland, desert.” forever, A stamping ground for wild asses, A pasture for flocks a Emendation yields “onagers”; cf. Job 39.5. 15Till a spirit from on high is poured out on us, And wilderness is transformed into farm land, While farm land rates as mere brush. b I.e., the transformed wilderness will surpass in fertility what is now used as farm land. 16Then justice shall abide in the wilderness And righteousness shall dwell on the farm land. 17For the work of righteousness shall be peace, And the effect of righteousness, calm and confidence forever. 18Then my people shall dwell in peaceful homes, In secure dwellings, In untroubled places of rest. 19 c Meaning of verse uncertain. And the brush shall sink and vanish, Even as the city is laid low.

20Happy shall you be who sow by all waters, Who d‐ Lit. “let loose the feet of cattle and asses”; cf. 7.25 end. send out cattle and asses to pasture. ‐d Lit. “let loose the feet of cattle and asses”; cf. 7.25 end.

Notes:

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b‐b Emendation yields “for the fields.”

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “Brushland, desert.”

a Emendation yields “onagers”; cf. Job 39.5.

b I.e., the transformed wilderness will surpass in fertility what is now used as farm land.

c Meaning of verse uncertain.

d‐d Lit. “let loose the feet of cattle and asses”; cf. 7.25 end.

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