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TitleIsaiah 32
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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King Messiah Reigns in Righteousness (32:1–8)


32 1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will govern in justice.

2And each will be like a refuge from the wind
and a shelter from the tempest,

like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great cliff in a weary land.

3And the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen,

4and the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
and the tongue of the stammerers will speak fluently.

5The fool will no longer be called noble,
nor a villain said to be honorable.

6For the fool speaks folly,
and his heart works iniquity

in order to do ungodliness
and to speak error against the LORD,

to make empty the soul of the hungry
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.

7And the instruments of the villain are evil;
he devises wickednesses

to destroy the poor with lying words
when the needy speak justly.

8But the noble person makes noble plans,
and such rises to noble things.


Destruction for the Wicked, Peace for the Righteous (32:9–20)

The Lord

9“Women who are at ease, rise up, hear My voice!
And carefree daughters, give ear to My speech!

10Days beyond a year, carefree ones will quake,

because the vintage will fail,
the harvest will not come.

11Tremble, you women who are at ease;
quake, carefree ones;

and make yourselves bare,

and gird {sackcloth} upon your waists,
12beat on your breasts,

over pleasant fields,
over a fruitful vine;

13On My people’s soil
thorn and briar will come up,

yea, upon all the exulting houses, the town of revelry,

14because the palaces will be forsaken,
the multitude of the [houses][1] shall be [desolate].

The citadel and watchtower will become desolate spaces forever,

a joy of wild asses,
a pasture of flocks.


15Until the Spirit from on high is poured out upon us,

and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is considered a forest.

16Then justice will reside in the wilderness,
and righteousness will dwell in the fruitful field.

17And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the work of righteousness, quietness and security forever.

The Lord

18And My people will live in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places.

19And when it hails, coming down on the forest,
and the city is totally laid low:[2]

20Happy, you who sow beside all waters
and who let the ox and the donkey range free.”

[1] Bracketed words in the verse are from JST.

[2] The verse presents difficult forms, which makes a proper translation complicated.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 32:1