Isaiah 32:1-20 Reading the Passage

Pray for Revival! – Isaiah 32:1-20

32 Look! A king will reign with righteousness, and his officials will rule with justice! (2) This man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, he will be like streams of water in the desert, like the shadow of a great rock in a dry land. (3) And the eyes of those who can see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who can hear will listen. (4) And the mind of the rash will comprehend knowledge, and the stammering tongue will be able to speak fluently. (5) No longer will the fool be called noble, nor will the scoundrel be respected—(6) for the fool speaks folly and his heart desires to do what is wicked so as to practice godlessness and to cause men to stray from Jehovah; as a consequence, he empties the soul of the hungry and deprives the thirsty of drink. (7) The scoundrel’s methods are evil; he devises wicked schemes intended to destroy the poor by means of lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. (8) But the noble man makes noble plans, and by his noble conduct he shall prevail.

(9) Rise up, you women who live in comfort, and listen to me. You complacent daughters, pay attention to my words. (10) In little more than a year you will be troubled, you complacent women, because the grape harvest will fail and there will be no in-gathering of the fruit. (11) Tremble, you women who live in comfort! Be troubled, you who are so complacent! Strip yourselves, make yourselves naked; wrap yourselves in sackcloth. (12) They will beat their breasts on account of what has happened to the pleasant fields and the fruitful vines. (13) Thorns and briers will overrun my people’s land; indeed, they will overrun all the happy homes in the whole joyful city—(14) the palace will be abandoned, the populous city will be forsaken; the citadel and watchtower will become a perpetual wasteland, a delightful place for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks.

(15) Such will be the state of the land until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, then the wilderness will be turned into a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a forest. (16) Then justice will dwell even in the wilderness; and righteousness will live in the fertile field. (17) The result of righteousness will be peace; indeed, the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. (18) My people will reside in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, and in undisturbed places of rest. (19) But hail will flatten the forest, and the city will be completely leveled. (20) But how blessed you will be, sowing your seed beside every stream and letting your cattle and donkeys range freely!

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.