Bishops' Bible

Isaiah 32

The blessings of Christ's Kingdom.

Isaiah 32:1 Beholde, a kyng shall gouerne after the rule of righteousnesse, and the princes shall rule according to the ballaunce of equitie. Isaiah 32:2 And that man shalbe vnto men as a defence for the winde, and as a refuge for the tempest, lyke as a ryuer of water in a thirstie place, and the shadowe of a great rocke in a drye lande. Isaiah 32:3 The eyes of the seeing shall not be dim, and the eares of them that heare shall take diligent heede. Isaiah 32:4 The heart of the vnwyse shall attayne to knowledge, and the vnperfect tongue shall speake playnely and distinctly. Isaiah 32:5 Then shall the foolishe nigarde be no more called gentle, nor the churle liberall. Isaiah 32:6 But the nigarde wyll speake nigardlye, and his heart wyll worke euyll, and play the hypocrite, and imagine abhominations against God, to make the hungry leane, and to withholde drinke from the thirstie. Isaiah 32:7 The weapons of the churlishe are euyll, he deuiseth noysome deuises, that he may beguyle the poore with deceiptfull wordes, yea euen there as he should geue sentence with the poore. Isaiah 32:8 But the liberall person imagineth honest thynges, and commeth vp for liberalitie vnto promotion.

Desolation is foreshewn.

Isaiah 32:9 Up ye riche and idle women, hearken vnto my voyce, ye carelesse daughters marke my wordes. Isaiah 32:10 Many yeres and dayes shall ye be brought in feare O ye carelesse women: for the vintage shall fayle, and the haruest shall not come. Isaiah 32:11 Be abashed you that lyue in aboundaunce, tremble you that lyue carelesse, cast of your rayment, make your selues bare, and put sackcloth about you. Isaiah 32:12 For as the infantes weepe when their mothers teates are dryed vp: so shall you weepe for your faire fieldes and fruitfull vineyardes. Isaiah 32:13 My peoples fielde shall bryng thornes and thistles: and so shall it be in euery house of voluptuousnesse, and in euery citie that reioyceth. Isaiah 32:14 The palaces also shalbe broke, and the greatly occupied cities desolate: The towres and bulwarkes shall become dennes for euermore, where wylde asses take their pleasure, and sheepe their pasture.

Restoration is promised to succeed.

Isaiah 32:15 Unto the tyme that the spirite be powred vpon vs from aboue, and that the wildernesse be a fruitfull fielde, and the plenteous fielde be reckened for a wood. Isaiah 32:16 Then shall equitie dwell in the desert, and righteousnesse in a fruitfull lande. Isaiah 32:17 And the worke of righteousnesse shalbe peace, and her fruite rest and quietnesse for euer. Isaiah 32:18 And my people shall dwell in the innes of peace, and in sure dwellynges, in safe places of comfort. Isaiah 32:19 And when the hayle falleth, it shall fall in the wood, and the citie shalbe set lowe in the valley. Isaiah 32:20 O howe happy shall ye be when ye shall safely sowe your seede beside all waters, and dryue thyther the feete of your oxen and asses.

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