Bible: Isa 13:6-16

13:6 Wail, for the Lord’s day of judgment 1  is near;

it comes with all the destructive power of the sovereign judge. 2 

13:7 For this reason all hands hang limp, 3 

every human heart loses its courage. 4 

13:8 They panic

cramps and pain seize hold of them

like those of a woman who is straining to give birth.

They look at one another in astonishment;

their faces are flushed red. 5 

13:9 Look, the Lord’s day of judgment 6  is coming;

it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 7 

destroying 8  the earth 9 

and annihilating its sinners.

13:10 Indeed the stars in the sky and their constellations

no longer give out their light; 10 

the sun is darkened as soon as it rises,

and the moon does not shine. 11 

13:11 12 

I will punish the world for its evil, 13 

and wicked people for their sin.

I will put an end to the pride of the insolent,

I will bring down the arrogance of tyrants. 14 

13:12 I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold,

and people more scarce 15  than gold from Ophir.

13:13 So I will shake the heavens, 16 

and the earth will shake loose from its foundation, 17 

because of the fury of the Lord who commands armies,

in the day he vents his raging anger. 18 

13:14 Like a frightened gazelle 19 

or a sheep with no shepherd,

each will turn toward home, 20 

each will run to his homeland.

13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;

everyone who is seized 21  will die 22  by the sword.

13:16 Their children will be smashed to pieces before their very eyes;

their houses will be looted

and their wives raped.

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