Bible: Isa 24:1-23

The Lord Will Judge the Earth

24:1 Look, the Lord is ready to devastate the earth

and leave it in ruins;

he will mar its surface

and scatter its inhabitants.

24:2 Everyone will suffer – the priest as well as the people, 1 

the master as well as the servant, 2 

the elegant lady as well as the female attendant, 3 

the seller as well as the buyer, 4 

the borrower as well as the lender, 5 

the creditor as well as the debtor. 6 

24:3 The earth will be completely devastated

and thoroughly ransacked.

For the Lord has decreed this judgment. 7 

24:4 The earth 8  dries up 9  and withers,

the world shrivels up and withers;

the prominent people of the earth 10  fade away.

24:5 The earth is defiled by 11  its inhabitants, 12 

for they have violated laws,

disregarded the regulation, 13 

and broken the permanent treaty. 14 

24:6 So a treaty curse 15  devours the earth;

its inhabitants pay for their guilt. 16 

This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, 17 

and are reduced to just a handful of people. 18 

24:7 The new wine dries up,

the vines shrivel up,

all those who like to celebrate 19  groan.

24:8 The happy sound 20  of the tambourines stops,

the revelry of those who celebrate comes to a halt,

the happy sound of the harp ceases.

24:9 They no longer sing and drink wine; 21 

the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.

24:10 The ruined town 22  is shattered;

all of the houses are shut up tight. 23 

24:11 They howl in the streets because of what happened to the wine; 24 

all joy turns to sorrow; 25 

celebrations disappear from the earth. 26 

24:12 The city is left in ruins; 27 

the gate is reduced to rubble. 28 

24:13 This is what will happen throughout 29  the earth,

among the nations.

It will be like when they beat an olive tree,

and just a few olives are left at the end of the harvest. 30 

24:14 They 31  lift their voices and shout joyfully;

they praise 32  the majesty of the Lord in the west.

24:15 So in the east 33  extol the Lord,

along the seacoasts extol 34  the fame 35  of the Lord God of Israel.

24:16 From the ends of the earth we 36  hear songs

the Just One is majestic. 37 

But I 38  say, “I’m wasting away! I’m wasting away! I’m doomed!

Deceivers deceive, deceivers thoroughly deceive!” 39 

24:17 Terror, pit, and snare

are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth! 40 

24:18 The one who runs away from the sound of the terror

will fall into the pit; 41 

the one who climbs out of the pit,

will be trapped by the snare.

For the floodgates of the heavens 42  are opened up 43 

and the foundations of the earth shake.

24:19 The earth is broken in pieces,

the earth is ripped to shreds,

the earth shakes violently. 44 

24:20 The earth will stagger around 45  like a drunk;

it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. 46 

Its sin will weigh it down,

and it will fall and never get up again.

The Lord Will Become King

24:21 At that time 47  the Lord will punish 48 

the heavenly forces in the heavens 49 

and the earthly kings on the earth.

24:22 They will be imprisoned in a pit, 50 

locked up in a prison,

and after staying there for a long time, 51  they will be punished. 52 

24:23 The full moon will be covered up, 53 

the bright sun 54  will be darkened; 55 

for the Lord who commands armies will rule 56 

on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 57 

in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 58 

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