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Isaiah 24

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1Behold, Jehovah is about to make the land empty, and to make it waste;
Yea, he will turn it upside down, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the handmaid, so with her mistress;
As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the debtor, so with the creditor.
3The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled;
For Jehovah hath spoken this word.
4The land mourneth, it withereth;
The world languisheth, it withereth;
The high people of the land do languish.
5The land is even polluted under the inhabitants thereof;
For they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the decree;
They have broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore doth a curse devour the land,
And the inhabitants thereof suffer punishment.
Therefore the inhabitants of the land are burnt up;
And men are left few in number.
7The new wine mourneth; the vine languisheth;
And the merry-hearted do sigh.
8The mirth of tabrets ceaseth,
The noise of them that rejoice endeth,
The joy of the harp ceaseth.
9They shall not drink wine in the song;
Strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10A desolate city is broken to pieces;
Every house is shut up, so that none can enter.
11There is a crying for wine in the streets,
All gladness hath vanished away;
The mirth of the land is gone.
12In the city is left devastation;
And the gate is battered down with a crash.
13For thus it shall be in the midst of the land, among the people,
As the shaking of an olive tree; as the gleaning when the harvest is finished.
14They shall lift up their voice, they shall shout for joy:
For the majesty of Jehovah they shall rejoice from the sea.
15Wherefore glorify ye Jehovah in the eastern regions,
Even the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the isles of the sea.
16From the extremity of the earth have we heard songs: Glory to the righteous!
But I said: My leanness, my leanness, wo unto me! The plunders plunder; yea, the plunder the plunders plunder.
17The terror, and the pit, and the snare,
Are upon thee, O inhabitant of the land!
18And it shall be, that whoso fleeth from the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit;
And whoso cometh up out of the midst of the pit, shall be taken in the snare;
For the floodgates from on high are opened;
And the foundations of the earth tremble.
19The earth is utterly broken down,
The earth is shattered to pieces;
The earth is moved exceedingly.
20The earth verily reeleth like a drunkard,
And moveth to and fro like a hammock;
For her iniquity lieth heavy upon her;
And she shall fall, and rise no more.
21And it shall come to pass in that day,
That Jehovah shall punish on high the host that is on high;
And on earth the kings of the earth.
22And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered for the pit;
And shall be shut up in the prison:
And after many days shall they be visited.
23And the moon shall be confounded, and the sun shall be ashamed;
When Jehovah of hosts shall reign
On mount Zion, and in Jerusalem;
And before his ancients in glory.

Isaiah 24

24
The Judgment on the Earth
1Look! Yahweh is about to lay the earth waste
and is about to devastate it,
and he will twist her surface,
and he will scatter her inhabitants.
2And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the female slave, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the one to whom he lends.
3The earth shall be utterly laid waste,
and it shall be utterly plundered,
for Yahweh has spoken this word.
4The earth dries up, it withers;
the world languishes, it withers.
The elevated of the people of the earth languish,
5and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants.
For they have transgressed laws;
they have passed by statutes;#Hebrew “statute”
they have broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and the inhabitants in it suffer for their guilt.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth burn,
and few men are left.#Literally “he is left a man of smallness”
7The new wine dries up;
the vine languishes.
All the merry of heart sigh;
8the joy of the tambourine has stopped.
The noise of the jubilant has ceased;
the joy of the lyre has stopped.
9They do not drink wine with song;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10The city of emptiness is broken;
every house is shut so that no one can enter;#Literally “from entering”
11there is an outcry over the wine in the streets.
All joy turns into darkness;#Literally “evening”
the joy of the earth disappears.
12Desolation is left in the city;
the gate is crushed into a state of ruin.
13For it shall be like this in the midst of the earth,
among the nations,
like the beating of an olive tree,
like gleanings when a grape harvest is at an end.
14They lift up their voices;#Hebrew “voice” they sing for joy;
they shout out from the west over the majesty of Yahweh.
15Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east,
the name of Yahweh the God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16We hear songs from the edge#Literally “wing” of the earth:
“Glory to the righteous one!”
But I say, “Ruin to me!
Ruin to me! Woe to me!
The treacherous ones deal treacherously,
and the treacherous ones deal treacherously with treachery!”
17Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, inhabitants#Hebrew “inhabitant” of the earth!
18And this shall happen:
The one who flees from the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit,
and the one who goes up from inside the pit#Literally “the middle of the pit” shall be caught in the snare,
for the windows from heaven are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.
19The earth is utterly broken;
the earth is torn asunder;
the earth is shaken violently.
20The earth staggers to and fro like the drunkard,
and it sways like a hut,
and its transgression is heavy upon it,
and it falls and does not rise again.
21And this shall happen on that day:
Yahweh will punish the host of heaven in heaven,
and the kings of the earth on the earth.
22And they will be gathered in a gathering, like a prisoner in#Literally “on” a pit.
And they will be shut in#Literally “on” a prison and be punished after#Literally “from” many days.
23And the full moon will be ashamed
and the sun will be ashamed,
for Yahweh of hosts will rule on Mount Zion#Literally “the mountain of Zion” and in Jerusalem,
and before his elders in glory.