The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth.
The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan.
The joyful timbrels are stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.
No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.
In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.
The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.
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.
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD’s majesty.