Isaiah 32 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Isaiah 32 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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

2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.

6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.

8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

"The liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." -- A Bible verse for Howard Dean and the US Democratic Party!
One wishes the Democratic Party was like this. But they are the party of taking liberty away (not that the Republican Party is much different): what you eat, what you drink, what you drive, what you do with your property, what water you use, what energy you use, it all has to be brought under control of the government and be controlled by bureaucrats. And what liberty is given to babies in the womb?
But the liberty in this verse is the liberty of the gospel. The contrast is with the previous verses which speak of the wicked. As we all are wicked by nature, Gen. 8:21, how come some are liberal? It is as Jesus said: no one can serve two masters, Matthew 6:24. The person who is liberal does no longer serve the master we all serve since our birth. He has been freed by the Spirit of God, Rom. 6:18.

9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.

10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.

11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.

(32:9-12) "Tremble, ye women that are at ease .. strip you, and make you bare ... They shall lament for the teats."
I do not understand why this is verse is women unfriendly. Perhaps the strip you? What Isaiah means is that they should put away their usual clothes and put on a sackcloth. Strip away the clothes of joy, and put on clothes of mourning.

12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;

15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

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

17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.