A place of concealment* from the rainstorm,
Like streams of water in a waterless land,+
Like the shadow of a massive crag in a parched land.
3 Then the eyes of those seeing will no longer be pasted shut,
And the ears of those hearing will pay attention.
4 The heart of those who are impetuous will ponder over knowledge,
And the stammering tongue will speak fluently and clearly.+
5 The senseless one will no longer be called generous,
And the unprincipled man will not be called noble;
6 For the senseless one will speak nonsense,
And his heart will devise harmful things,+
To promote apostasy* and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah,
To cause the hungry one* to go unfed
And to deprive the thirsty one of something to drink.
He promotes shameful conduct
To ruin the afflicted one with lies,+
Even when the poor speaks what is right.
9 “You complacent women, get up and listen to my voice!
You carefree daughters,+ pay attention to what I say!
10 In a little over a year, you who are carefree will shudder,
Because no fruit will have been gathered when the grape harvest ends.+
11 Tremble, you complacent women!
Shudder, you who are carefree!
Strip yourselves bare,
And put sackcloth around your hips.+
12 Beat your breasts in lamentation
Over the desirable fields and the fruitful vine.
13 For the ground of my people will be covered with thorns and briars;
They will cover all the houses of rejoicing,
Yes, the city of exultation.+
Oʹphel+ and the watchtower have become a permanent wasteland,
A delight for wild donkeys,
A pasture for the flocks,+
And the wilderness becomes an orchard,
And the orchard is regarded as a forest.+
And the fruitage of true righteousness will be lasting tranquility and security.+
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful abiding place,
In secure dwellings and in tranquil resting-places.+
19 But the hail will flatten the forest,
And the city will be completely leveled.