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Isaiah 24 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 See, the Lord is making the earth waste and unpeopled, he is turning it upside down, and sending the people in all directions. 1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants--
2 And it will be the same for the people as for the priest; for the servant as for his master; and for the woman-servant as for her owner; the same for the one offering goods for a price as for him who takes them; the same for him who gives money at interest and for him who takes it; the same for him who lets others have the use of his property as for those who make use of it. 2 it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.
3 The earth will be completely waste and without men; for this is the word of the Lord. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth is sorrowing and wasting away, the world is full of grief and wasting away, the high ones of the earth come to nothing. 4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.
5 The earth has been made unclean by those living in it; because the laws have not been kept by them, the orders have been changed, and the eternal agreement has been broken. 5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.
6 For this cause the earth is given up to the curse, and those in it are judged as sinners: for this cause those living on the earth are burned up, and the rest are small in number. 6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
7 The new wine is thin, the vine is feeble, and all the glad-hearted make sounds of grief. 7 The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan.
8 The pleasing sound of all instruments of music has come to an end, and the voices of those who are glad. 8 The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.
9 There is no more drinking of wine with a song; strong drink will be bitter to those who take it. 9 No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
10 The town is waste and broken down: every house is shut up, so that no man may come in. 10 The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.
11 There is a crying in the streets because of the wine; there is an end of all delight, the joy of the land is gone. 11 In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth.
12 In the town all is waste, and in the public place is destruction. 12 The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.
13 For it will be in the heart of the earth among the peoples, like the shaking of an olive-tree, as the last of the grapes after the getting-in is done. 13 So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
14 But those will be making sounds of joy; they will be crying loudly from the sea for the glory of the Lord. 14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty.
15 Give praise to the Lord in the east, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the sea-lands. 15 Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.
16 From the farthest part of the earth comes the sound of songs, glory to the upright. But I said, I am wasting away, wasting away, the curse is on me! The false ones go on in their false way, yes, they go on acting falsely. 16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One." But I said, "I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!"
17 Fear, and death, and the net, are come on you, O people of the earth. 17 Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of the earth.
18 And it will be that he who goes in flight from the sound of fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for the windows on high are open, and the bases of the earth are shaking. 18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is completely broken, it is parted in two, it is violently moved. 19 The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.
20 The earth will be moving uncertainly, like a man overcome by drink; it will be shaking like a tent; and the weight of its sin will be on it, crushing it down so that it will not get up again. 20 The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls--never to rise again.
21 And in that day the Lord will send punishment on the army of the high ones on high, and on the kings of the earth on the earth. 21 In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.
22 And they will be got together, like prisoners in the prison-house; and after a long time they will have their punishment. 22 They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days.
23 Then the moon will be veiled, and the sun put to shame; for the Lord of armies will be ruling in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his judges he will let his glory be seen. 23 The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously.