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Isaiah 24

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The Earth Will Be Punished
1 The Lord is going to twist the earth out of shape and turn it into a desert. Everyone will be scattered,
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1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
turneth...: Heb. perverteth the face thereof
2 including ordinary people and priests, slaves and slave owners, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, the rich and the poor. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
priest: or, prince
3 The earth will be stripped bare and left that way. This is what the Lord has promised. 3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

4 The earth wilts away;
its mighty leaders melt
to nothing.
j 24.4 its ... to nothing: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
the haughty...: Heb. the height of the people
5 The earth is polluted
because its people
disobeyed the laws of God,
breaking their agreement
that was to last forever.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 The earth is under a curse;
its people are dying out
because of their sins.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
7 Grapevines have dried up:
wine is almost gone—
mournful sounds are heard
instead of joyful shouts.
7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

8 No one plays tambourines
or stringed instruments;
all noisy celebrating
has come to an end.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
9 They no longer sing
as they drink their wine,
and it tastes sour.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

10 Towns are crushed and in chaos;
houses are locked tight.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
11 Happy times have disappeared
from the earth,
and people shout in the streets,
“We're out of wine!”
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12 Cities are destroyed;
their gates are torn down.
12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
13 Nations will be stripped bare,
like olive trees
or vineyards
after the harvest season.
13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
Praise the God of Justice
14 People in the west shout;
they joyfully praise
the majesty of the Lord.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 And so, everyone in the east
and those on the islands
should praise the Lord,
the God of Israel.
15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
fires: or, valleys
16 From all over the world
songs of praise are heard
for the God of justice.
k 24.16 God of justice: Or “people who do right.”
But I feel awful,
terribly miserable.
Can anyone be trusted?
So many are treacherous!
16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
uttermost...: Heb. wing
My leanness: Heb. Leanness to me, or, My secret to me
There's No Escape
17 Terror, traps, and pits
are waiting for everyone.
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 If you are terrified and run,
you will fall into a pit;
if you crawl out of the pit,
you will get caught in a trap.

The sky has split apart
like a window thrown open.
The foundations of the earth
have been shaken;
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 the earth is shattered,
ripped to pieces.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 It staggers and shakes
like a drunkard
or a hut in a windstorm.
It is burdened down with sin;
the earth will fall,
never again to get up.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

21 On that day the Lord
will punish
the powers
in the heavens
l 24.21 the powers in the heavens: In ancient times the stars were thought of as powerful spiritual beings, and sometimes they stood for pagan gods.
and the kings of the earth.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
punish: Heb. visit upon
22 He will put them in a pit
and keep them prisoner.
Then later on,
he will punish them.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
as prisoners...: Heb. with the gathering of prisoners
pit: or, dungeon
visited: or, found wanting
23 The moon and sun will both
be embarrassed and ashamed.
The Lord All-Powerful will rule
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
where he will show its rulers
his wonderful glory.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
before...: or, there shall be glory before his ancients

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