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.