Isaiah 32:1
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New International Version
See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.

New Living Translation
Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him.

English Standard Version
Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, a king will reign righteously And princes will rule justly.

King James Bible
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, a king will reign righteously, and rulers will rule justly.

International Standard Version
"Look, a king will reign in righteousness, and rulers will rule with justice.

NET Bible
Look, a king will promote fairness; officials will promote justice.

New Heart English Bible
Look, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A king will rule with fairness, and officials will rule with justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, And as for princes, they shall rule in justice.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, a king will reign righteously,
            And princes will rule justly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, one king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall preside unto judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

American King James Version
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

American Standard Version
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
BEHOLD a king shall reign in justice, and princes shell rule in judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

English Revised Version
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

World English Bible
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, for righteousness doth a king reign, As to princes, for judgment they rule.
Study Bible
A Righteous King
1Behold, a king will reign righteously And princes will rule justly. 2Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like streams of water in a dry country, Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.…
Cross References
Psalm 72:1
A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.

Psalm 72:2
May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.

Isaiah 4:6
There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:4
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 11:5
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

Isaiah 16:5
A throne will even be established in lovingkindness, And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; Moreover, he will seek justice And be prompt in righteousness.

Jeremiah 23:5
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.

Jeremiah 33:14
'Behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

king

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God…

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules …

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which …

Psalm 45:1,6,7 My heart is gushing a good matter: I speak of the things which I …

Psalm 72:1,2 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness …

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Romans 5:21 That as sin has reigned to death, even so might grace reign through …

Hebrews 1:8,9 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat …

princes

Isaiah 28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

XXXII.

(1) Behold, a king shall reign . . .--More accurately, the king. Isaiah 32:1-8 form a separate section, standing in the same relation to the foregoing chapter that the picture of the ideal king in Isaiah 11 does to the anti-Assyrian prophecy of Isaiah 10 "The king" is accordingly the true Anointed one of the future, not, of course without a reference to the character of Hezekiah as the partial and present embodiment of the idea. The addition of "princes" worthy of their king emphasises this reference. The words are as an echo of Proverbs 8:15-16.

Verses 1-8. - A PROPHECY OF MESSIAH'S KINGDOM. It is generally allowed that this prophecy is Messianic; but some critics insist that it is not so "in a narrow sense." They regard Isaiah as expecting Messiah's kingdom to follow immediately on the discomfiture of Sennacherib, and as looking to Hezekiah to inaugurate it. According to this view, Hezekiah, renovated in character, was to be the Messiah, and might have been so had he been "equal to the demands providentially made upon him." But he was not; and the task of establishing the kingdom fell to "another," at a later date. It is simpler to regard the prophet as looking for a greater than Hezekiah (comp. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6), but ignorant how soon, or how late, his coming would be. Verse 1. - A king... princes. Delitzsch and Mr. Cheyne translate, "the king... the princes;" but the Hebrew gives no article. The announcement is vague, and corresponds to those of other prophets, as of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23:5), "Behold, the days come that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper;" and of Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9), "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion... behold, thy King cometh unto thee." The "princes" of the text are the minor authorities whom the king would set over his kingdom - i.e., the apostles and their successors. In righteousness... in judgment. Messiah's rule will be a rule of strict justice and right, offering the strongest contrast to that under which the Jews have been living since the time of Jehoshaphat (see Isaiah 1:15-23; Isaiah 3:1-12, etc.). Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness,.... Not Hezekiah, as the Jewish writers; at least only as a type, as some writers interpret it; rather Christ himself, who is "King" not only of the whole world, and of the kings of it in general, but in particular is King of saints; and who "reigns" now in and over his church and people, being set as King by his Father over his holy hill of Zion, and, being exalted at his right hand, is made and declared Lord and Christ; and where he does and will reign until all enemies are put under his feet, and ere long will reign gloriously before his ancients in Jerusalem, Isaiah 24:23 and his reign is "in righteousness"; in a righteous manner, according to the rules of justice and equity: all his laws are just; his ways and methods of administration are right; his sceptre is a sceptre of righteousness: righteousness is the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins:

and princes shall rule in judgment: the ministers of the Gospel, pastors of churches, who are set over them in the Lord, and have the rule over them; and who rule well, and in judgment, when they rule according to the word of God; when they preach the Gospel, and administer ordinances, and do all the business of Christ's house, according to the instructions, laws, and rules he has given. CHAPTER 32

Isa 32:1-20. Messiah's Kingdom; Desolations, to Be Succeeded by Lasting Peace, the Spirit Having Been Poured Out.

The times of purity and happiness which shall follow the defeat of the enemies of Jehovah's people (Isa 32:1-8). The period of wrath before that happy state (Isa 32:9-14). The assurance of the final prosperity of the Church is repeated (Isa 32:15-20).

1. king—not Hezekiah, who was already on the throne, whereas a future time is contemplated. If he be meant at all, it can only be as a type of Messiah the King, to whom alone the language is fully applicable (Ho 3:5; Zec 9:9; see on [747]Isa 11:3-5). The kingdom shall be transferred from the world kings, who have exercised their power against God, instead of for God, to the rightful King of kings (Eze 21:27; Da 7:13, 14).

princes—subordinate; referring to all in authority under Christ in the coming kingdom on earth, for example, the apostles, etc. (Lu 22:30; 1Co 6:2; 2Ti 2:12; Re 2:26, 27; 3:21).32:1-8 Christ our righteous King, and his true disciples, are evidently here intended. The consolations and graces of his Spirit are as rivers of water in this dry land; and as the overhanging rock affords refreshing shade and shelter to the weary traveller in the desert, so his power, truth, and love, yield the believer the only real protection and refreshment in the weary land through which he journeys to heaven. Christ bore the storm himself, to keep it off from us. To him let the trembling sinner flee for refuge; for he alone can protect and refresh us in every trial. See what pains sinners take in sin; they labour at it, their hearts are intent upon it, and with art they work iniquity; but this is our comfort, that they can do no more mischief than God permits. Let us seek to have our hearts more freed from selfishness. The liberal soul devises liberal things concerning God, and desires that He will grant wisdom and prudence, the comforts of his presence, the influence of his Spirit, and in due time the enjoyment of his glory.
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