1Behold, the LORD1lays the earthwaste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.
And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the 2creditor like the debtor.
The earth will be completelylaidwaste and completelydespoiled, for the LORD has spokenthisword.
The 3earthmourns and withers, the worldfades and withers, the 4exalted of the people of the earthfadeaway.
The earth is also 5pollutedaby its inhabitants, for they transgressedlaws, violatedstatutes, 6broke the everlastingcovenant.
6Therefore , a 7cursedevours the earth, and those who live in it are heldguilty. Therefore , the 8inhabitants of the earth are burned, and fewmen are left.
The 9newwinemourns, The vinedecays, All the merry-heartedsigh.
The 10gaiety of tambourinesceases, The noise of revelersstops, The gaiety of the harpceases.
They do not drinkwine with song ; 11Strongdrink is 12bitter to those who drink it.
The 13city of chaos is brokendown ; 14Everyhouse is shut up so that none may enter.
There is an 15outcry in the streetsconcerning the wine ; 16Alljoybturns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished.
12Desolation is left in the city And the 17gate is battered to ruins.
For 18thus it will be in the midst of the earthamong the peoples, As the cshaking of an olivetree, As the gleaningswhen the grapeharvest is over.
1419They raise their voices, they shout for joy ; They cry out from the dwest concerning the majesty of the LORD.
15Therefore20glorify the LORD in the eeast, The 21name of the LORD, the God of Israel, In the f22coastlands of the sea.
From the 23ends of the earth we hearsongs, "24Glory to the RighteousOne," But I say, "g25Woe to me! hWoe to me! Alas for me! The 26treacherousdealtreacherously, And the treacherousdealverytreacherously."
1727Terror and pit and snareiConfront you, O inhabitant of the earth.
Then it will be that he who flees the jreport of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who kclimbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare ; For the 28windowslabove are opened, and the 29foundations of the earthshake.
1930The earth is brokenasunder, The earth is 31splitthrough, The earth is shakenviolently.
The earth32reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a mshack, For its 33transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, 34never to riseagain.
So it will happen in that day, That the LORD will 35punish the host of nheaven on high, And the 36kings of the earth on earth.
They will be gatheredtogether Like 37prisoners in the odungeon, And will be confined in prison ; And aftermanydays they will 38be punished.
Then the 39moon will be abashed and the sunashamed, For the 40LORD of hosts will reign on 41MountZion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.