I wondered aloud in passing to Ann, in the other room reading this morning, if given the end of the Bush Regime so close at hand, we might dare look toward a return to our former good name among the nations, to be a country once more with virtues to aspire to. She read back from Isaiah open, it turns out, to this very passage:
Isaiah 32: The Kingdom of Righteousness
1 See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice. 2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The mind of the rash will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
5 No longer will the fool be called noble
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
6 For the fool speaks folly,
his mind is busy with evil:
He practices ungodliness
and spreads error concerning the LORD;
the hungry he leaves empty
and from the thirsty he withholds water.
7 The scoundrel’s methods are wicked,
he makes up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble man makes noble plans,
and by noble deeds he stands.