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Isaiah 32:1-4

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Justice and Wisdom Will Prevail

32:1 Look, a king will promote fairness; 1 

officials will promote justice. 2 

32:2 Each of them 3  will be like a shelter from the wind

and a refuge from a rainstorm;

like streams of water in a dry region

and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.

32:3 Eyes 4  will no longer be blind 5 

and ears 6  will be attentive.

32:4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment 7 

and the tongue that stutters will speak with ease and clarity.

1 tn Heb “will reign according to fairness.”

2 tn Heb “will rule according to justice.”

3 tn Heb “a man,” but אִישׁ (’ish) probably refers here to “each” of the officials mentioned in the previous verse.

4 tn Heb “Eyes that see.”

5 tn The Hebrew text as vocalized reads literally “will not gaze,” but this is contradictory to the context. The verb form should be revocalized as תְּשֹׁעֶינָה (tÿshoenah) from שָׁעַע (shaa’, “be blinded”); see Isa 6:10; 29:9.

6 tn Heb “ears that hear.”

7 tn Heb “the heart of rashness will understand knowledge”; cf. NAB “The flighty will become wise and capable.”



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