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Isaiah 24:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 The earth dries up1 and withers,2 the world languishes and withers, the exalted3 of the earth languish.4 5 The earth is defiled5 by its people; they have disobeyed6 the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.7 6 Therefore a curse8 consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up,9 and very few are left. 7 The new wine dries up10 and the vine withers;11 all the merrymakers groan.12 8 The gaiety of the tambourines13 is stilled, the noise14 of the revelers15 has stopped, the joyful harp16 is silent.17 9 No longer do they drink wine18 with a song; the beer is bitter19 to its drinkers. 10 The ruined city20 lies desolate;21 the entrance to every house is barred. 11 In the streets they cry out22 for wine;23 all joy turns to gloom,24 all gaiety is banished from the earth. 12 The city is left in ruins,25 its gate26 is battered to pieces. 13 So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten,27 or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.28 14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;29 from the west30 they acclaim the LORD's majesty.
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