Behold, the LORD maketh the earthempty , and maketh it waste , and turnetha it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;b 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 lender , so with the borrower ; as with the taker of usury , so with the giver of usury to him.
The land shall be utterlyemptied , and utterlyspoiled : for the LORD hath spoken this word.4
The earthmourneth and fadeth away , the worldlanguisheth and fadeth away , the haughtycpeople of the earth do languish .
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws,changed the ordinance,broken the everlastingcovenant.6
Therefore hath the cursedevoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate : therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned , and fewmenleft .