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Isaiah 24 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Judgment on the Earth

1 Look! 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. 2 And 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. 3 The earth shall be utterly laid waste, and it shall be utterly plundered, for Yahweh has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up, it withers; [the] world languishes, it withers. The elevated of the people of the earth languish, 5 and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants. For they have transgressed laws; they have passed by statutes;a they have broken [the] everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore 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}.b 7 [The] new wine dries up; [the] vine languishes. All [the] merry of heart sigh; 8 [the] joy of [the] tambourine has stopped. The noise of [the] jubilant has ceased; [the] joy of [the] lyre has stopped. 9 They do not drink wine with song; strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10 [The] city of emptiness is broken; every house is shut {so that no one can enter};c 11 [there is] an outcry over the wine in the streets. All joy turns into {darkness};d the joy of the earth disappears. 12 Desolation is left in the city; [the] gate is crushed [into] a state of ruin. 13 For 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. 14 They lift up their voices;e they sing for joy; they shout out from [the] west over the majesty of Yahweh. 15 Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east, the name of Yahweh the God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. 16 We hear songs from the {edge}f 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!" 17 Terror and [the] pit and [the] snare [are] upon you, inhabitantsg of the earth! 18 And 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} shall be caught in the snare, for [the] windows from heaven are opened, and [the] foundations of [the] earth tremble. 19 The earth is utterly broken; [the] earth is torn asunder; [the] earth is shaken violently. 20 [The] 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. 21 And this shall happen on that day: Yahweh will punish the host of heaven in heaven, and the kings of the earth on the earth. 22 And they will be gathered [in] a gathering, [like] a prisoner {in}h a pit. And they will be shut {in}i a prison and be punished {after}j many days. 23 And the full moon will be ashamed and the sun will be ashamed, for Yahweh of hosts will rule on {Mount Zion}k and in Jerusalem, and before his elders [in] glory.
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