Isaiah 24

Judgment on the Earth

1Behold, the  Lord a  lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants. 2And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the b  creditor like the debtor. 3The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the  Lord has spoken this word. 4The c  earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the d  exalted of the people of the earth fade away. 5The earth is also e  polluted
Lit under
by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes g  broke the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore, a h  curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the i  inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. 7The j  new wine mourns,
The vine decays,
All the merry-hearted sigh.
8The k  gaiety of tambourines ceases,
The noise of revelers stops,
The gaiety of the harp ceases.
9They do not drink wine with song;
l  Strong drink is m  bitter to those who drink it.
10The n  city of chaos is broken down;
o  Every house is shut up so that none may enter.
11There is an p  outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
q  All joy
Lit is darkened
turns to gloom.
The gaiety of the earth is banished.
12Desolation is left in the city
And the s  gate is battered to ruins.
13For t  thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples,
As the
Lit striking
shaking of an olive tree,
As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over.
14 v  They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
They cry out from the
Lit sea
west concerning the majesty of the  Lord.
15Therefore x  glorify the  Lord in the
Lit region of light
The z  name of the  Lord, the God of Israel,
In the
Or islands
ab  coastlands of the sea.
16From the ac  ends of the earth we hear songs ad  Glory to the Righteous One,”
But I say
Lit Wasting to me!
af  Woe to me!
Lit Wasting to me!
Woe to me! Alas for me!
The ah  treacherous deal treacherously,
And the treacherous deal very treacherously.”
17 ai  Terror and pit and snare
Lit Are upon you
Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18Then it will be that he who flees the
Lit sound of terror
report of disaster will fall into the pit,
And he who
Lit goes up from the midst of
climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare;
For the am  windows
Lit from the height; i.e. heaven
above are opened, and the ao  foundations of the earth shake.
19 ap  The earth is broken asunder,
The earth is aq  split through,
The earth is shaken violently.
20The earth ar  reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a
Or hut
For its at  transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall au  never to rise again.
21So it will happen in that day,
That the  Lord will av  punish the host of
Lit the height in the height
heaven on high,
And the ax  kings of the earth on earth.
22They will be gathered together
Like ay  prisoners in the
Lit pit
And will be confined in prison;
And after many days they will ba  be punished.
23Then the bb  moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed,
For the bc   Lord of hosts will reign on bd  Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
And His glory will be before His elders.

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