Isaiah 32:16
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New International Version
The LORD's justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.

New Living Translation
Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.

English Standard Version
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.

New American Standard Bible
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.

King James Bible
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then justice will inhabit the wilderness, and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.

International Standard Version
"Then justice will live in the wilderness, and righteousness will dwell in the fertile field.

NET Bible
Justice will settle down in the desert and fairness will live in the orchard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then justice will live in the wilderness, and righteousness will be at home in the fertile field.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness shall remain in the fruitful field.

King James 2000 Bible
Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

American King James Version
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

American Standard Version
Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and justice shall sit in charmel.

Darby Bible Translation
And judgment shall inhabit the wilderness, and righteousness dwell in the fruitful field.

English Revised Version
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

World English Bible
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness will remain in the fruitful field.

Young's Literal Translation
And dwelt in the wilderness hath judgment, And righteousness in the fruitful field remaineth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:9-20 When there was so much provocation given to the holy God, bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones there are, who support self-indulgence by shameful niggardliness! We deserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we make them the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled. Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of the Spirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be good times. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a more abundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace and quietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness. True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And real holiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness, that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the word shall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; and laborious, patient labourers shall be sent forth into God's husbandry.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness. In all parts of the kingdom of Christ, the lowest as well as the highest, "judgment" and "righteousness" shall prevail (comp. ver. 1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness,.... In the desert part of the world, inhabited by Pagans, Papists, and Mahometans; where the Scriptures, the rule of judgment, and where the Gospel, sometimes called the judgment of the Lord, Isaiah 51:4 had no place, now they shall have one, and an abiding one; and men of judgment in spiritual and evangelical things, and such as do justice and judgment, shall dwell there:

and righteousness remain in the fruitful field; both the doctrine and practice of righteousness shall continue in the church of God, which will be the glory of it; the righteous men will be the settled constant inhabitants of it; these will be all righteous at this time, Isaiah 60:21 not only by profession, but in truth and reality; at least the far greater part; so the Targum interprets it of those that do judgment and do righteousness.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. judgment—justice.

wilderness—then reclaimed.

fruitful field—then become more fruitful (Isa 32:15); thus "wilderness" and "fruitful field" include the whole land of Judea.

Isaiah 32:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Women of Jerusalem
15Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest. 16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field. 17And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.…
Cross References
Isaiah 28:6
He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Isaiah 33:5
The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.

Isaiah 42:11
Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Zechariah 8:3
This is what the LORD says: "I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain."
Treasury of Scripture

Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Isaiah 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in …

Isaiah 56:6-8 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, …

Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land …

Psalm 94:14,15 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake …

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

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 Peter 4:1-4 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

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