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Isaiah 24:1-13 (New International Version)

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The LORD's Devastation of the Earth

1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth1 and devastate2 it; he will ruin its face and scatter3 its inhabitants-- 2 it will be the same for priest as for people,4 for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer,5 for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.6 3 The earth will be completely laid waste7 and totally plundered.8 The LORD has spoken9 this word. 4 The earth dries up10 and withers,11 the world languishes and withers, the exalted12 of the earth languish.13 5 The earth is defiled14 by its people; they have disobeyed15 the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.16 6 Therefore a curse17 consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up,18 and very few are left. 7 The new wine dries up19 and the vine withers;20 all the merrymakers groan.21 8 The gaiety of the tambourines22 is stilled, the noise23 of the revelers24 has stopped, the joyful harp25 is silent.26 9 No longer do they drink wine27 with a song; the beer is bitter28 to its drinkers. 10 The ruined city29 lies desolate;30 the entrance to every house is barred. 11 In the streets they cry out31 for wine;32 all joy turns to gloom,33 all gaiety is banished from the earth. 12 The city is left in ruins,34 its gate35 is battered to pieces. 13 So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten,36 or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.37
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