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Isaiah 24 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Judgment on the Whole Earth

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:1 - Behold, the LORD will empty the earth[fn] and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:2 - And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, 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 creditor, so with the debtor.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:3 - The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
for the LORD has spoken this word.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:4 - The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:5 - The earth lies defiled
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:6 - Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:7 - The wine mourns,
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:8 - The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:9 - No more do they drink wine with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:10 - The wasted city is broken down;
every house is shut up so that none can enter.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:11 - There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
all joy has grown dark;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:12 - Desolation is left in the city;
the gates are battered into ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:13 - For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:14 - They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:15 - Therefore in the east[fn] give glory to the LORD;
in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:16 - From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
of glory to the Righteous One.
But I say, “I waste away,
I waste away. Woe is me!
For the traitors have betrayed,
with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:17 - Terror and the pit and the snare[fn]
are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:18 - He who flees at the sound of the terror
shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare.
For the windows of heaven are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:19 - The earth is utterly broken,
the earth is split apart,
the earth is violently shaken.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:20 - The earth staggers like a drunken man;
it sways like a hut;
its transgression lies heavy upon it,
and it falls, and will not rise again.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:21 - On that day the LORD will punish
the host of heaven, in heaven,
and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:22 - They will be gathered together
as prisoners in a pit;
they will be shut up in a prison,
and after many days they will be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:23 - Then the moon will be confounded
and the sun ashamed,
for the LORD of hosts reigns
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and his glory will be before his elders.
ESV Footnotes
Or land; also throughout this chapter
Hebrew from the sea
Hebrew in the realm of light, or with the fires
The Hebrew words for terror, pit, and snare sound alike

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