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Isaiah 24

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The doleful judgments of God upon the land.

24:1 Behold, Yahweh makes the earth empty, makes it waste,
turns it upside down, and scatters its inhabitants.

24:2 It will be as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the servant, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor;
as with the taker of interest, so with the giver of interest.

24:3 The earth will be utterly emptied and utterly laid waste;
for Yahweh has spoken this word.

24:4 The earth mourns and fades away. The world languishes
and fades away. The lofty people of the earth languish.

24:5 The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants,
because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes,
and broken the everlasting covenant.

24:6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth,
and those who dwell therein are found guilty.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

24:7 The new wine mourns. The vine languishes.
All the merry-hearted sigh.

24:8 The mirth of tambourines ceases.
The sound of those who rejoice ends. The joy of the harp ceases.

24:9 They will not drink wine with a song.
Strong drink will be bitter to those who drink it.

24:10 The confused city is broken down.
Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

24:11 There is a crying in the streets because of the wine.
All joy is darkened. The mirth of the land is gone.

24:12 The city is left in desolation,
and the gate is struck with destruction.

A remnant shall joyfully praise him.

24:13 For it will be so in the midst of the earth among the peoples,
as the shaking of an olive tree,
as the gleanings when the vintage is done.

24:14 These shall lift up their voice.
They will shout for the majesty of Yahweh. They cry aloud from the sea.

24:15 Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east, even the name of Yahweh,
the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea!

God in his judgments shall advance his kingdom

24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs.
Glory to the righteous!
But I said, I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!
The treacherous have dealt treacherously.
Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.

24:17 Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.

24:18 It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear
will fall into the pit;
and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit
will be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.

24:19 The earth is utterly broken.
The earth is torn apart.
The earth is shaken violently.

24:20 The earth will stagger like a drunken man,
and will sway back and forth like a hammock.
Its disobedience will be heavy on it, and it will fall and not rise again.

24:21 It shall happen in that day that
Yahweh will punish the army of the high ones on high,
and the kings of the earth on the earth.

24:22 They shall be gathered together,
as prisoners are gathered in the pit,
and shall be shut up in the prison;
and after many days shall they be visited.

24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed;
for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem;
and before his elders will be glory.

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