A place of concealmentj 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 apostasyk and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah,
To cause the hungry onel 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.