Bible: Isa 24-27

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 

25:1 O Lord, you are my God! 59 

I will exalt you in praise, I will extol your fame. 60 

For you have done extraordinary things,

and executed plans made long ago exactly as you decreed. 61 

25:2 Indeed, 62  you have made the city 63  into a heap of rubble,

the fortified town into a heap of ruins;

the fortress of foreigners 64  is no longer a city,

it will never be rebuilt.

25:3 So a strong nation will extol you;

the towns of 65  powerful nations will fear you.

25:4 For you are a protector for the poor,

a protector for the needy in their distress,

a shelter from the rainstorm,

a shade from the heat.

Though the breath of tyrants 66  is like a winter rainstorm, 67 

25:5 like heat 68  in a dry land,

you humble the boasting foreigners. 69 

Just as the shadow of a cloud causes the heat to subside, 70 

so he causes the song of tyrants to cease. 71 

25:6 The Lord who commands armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. 72 

At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine

tender meat and choicest wine. 73 

25:7 On this mountain he will swallow up

the shroud that is over all the peoples, 74 

the woven covering that is over all the nations; 75 

25:8 he will swallow up death permanently. 76 

The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face,

and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.

Indeed, the Lord has announced it! 77 

25:9 At that time they will say, 78 

“Look, here 79  is our God!

We waited for him and he delivered us.

Here 80  is the Lord! We waited for him.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!

25:10 For the Lord’s power will make this mountain secure. 81 

Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 82 

as a heap of straw is trampled down in 83  a manure pile.

25:11 Moab 84  will spread out its hands in the middle of it, 85 

just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim;

the Lord 86  will bring down Moab’s 87  pride as it spreads its hands. 88 

25:12 The fortified city (along with the very tops of your 89  walls) 90  he will knock down,

he will bring it down, he will throw it down to the dusty ground. 91 

Judah Will Celebrate

26:1 At that time 92  this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city!

The Lord’s 93  deliverance, like walls and a rampart, makes it secure. 94 

26:2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter

one that remains trustworthy.

26:3 You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith,

for they trust in you. 95 

26:4 Trust in the Lord from this time forward, 96 

even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector! 97 

26:5 Indeed, 98  the Lord knocks down those who live in a high place,

he brings down an elevated town;

he brings it down to the ground, 99 

he throws it down to the dust.

26:6 It is trampled underfoot

by the feet of the oppressed,

by the soles of the poor.”

26:7

God’s People Anticipate Vindication

100 

The way of the righteous is level,

the path of the righteous that you make is straight. 101 

26:8 Yes, as your judgments unfold, 102 

O Lord, we wait for you.

We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 103 

26:9 I 104  look for 105  you during the night,

my spirit within me seeks you at dawn,

for when your judgments come upon the earth,

those who live in the world learn about justice. 106 

26:10 If the wicked are shown mercy,

they do not learn about justice. 107 

Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly; 108 

they do not see the Lord’s majesty revealed.

26:11 O Lord, you are ready to act, 109 

but they don’t even notice.

They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind, 110 

yes, fire will consume your enemies. 111 

26:12 O Lord, you make us secure, 112 

for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 113 

26:13 O Lord, our God,

masters other than you have ruled us,

but we praise your name alone.

26:14 The dead do not come back to life,

the spirits of the dead do not rise. 114 

That is because 115  you came in judgment 116  and destroyed them,

you wiped out all memory of them.

26:15 You have made the nation larger, 117  O Lord,

you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 118 

you have extended all the borders of the land.

26:16 O Lord, in distress they looked for you;

they uttered incantations because of your discipline. 119 

26:17 As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver

and strains and cries out because of her labor pains,

so were we because of you, O Lord.

26:18 We were pregnant, we strained,

we gave birth, as it were, to wind. 120 

We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;

people to populate the world are not born. 121 

26:19 122 

Your dead will come back to life;

your corpses will rise up.

Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 123 

For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 124 

and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 125 

26:20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms!

Close your doors behind you!

Hide for a little while,

until his angry judgment is over! 126 

26:21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, 127 

to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.

The earth will display the blood shed on it;

it will no longer cover up its slain. 128 

27:1 At that time 129  the Lord will punish

with his destructive, 130  great, and powerful sword

Leviathan the fast-moving 131  serpent,

Leviathan the squirming serpent;

he will kill the sea monster. 132 

27:2 When that time comes, 133 

sing about a delightful vineyard! 134 

27:3 I, the Lord, protect it; 135 

I water it regularly. 136 

I guard it night and day,

so no one can harm it. 137 

27:4 I am not angry.

I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!

Then I would march against them 138  for battle;

I would set them 139  all on fire,

27:5 unless they became my subjects 140 

and made peace with me;

let them make peace with me. 141 

27:6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; 142 

Israel will blossom and grow branches.

The produce 143  will fill the surface of the world. 144 

27:7 Has the Lord struck down Israel like he did their oppressors? 145 

Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 146 

27:8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 147 

he drives her away 148  with his strong wind in the day of the east wind. 149 

27:9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 150 

and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 151 

They will make all the stones of the altars 152 

like crushed limestone,

and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 153 

27:10 For the fortified city 154  is left alone;

it is a deserted settlement

and abandoned like the desert.

Calves 155  graze there;

they lie down there

and eat its branches bare. 156 

27:11 When its branches get brittle, 157  they break;

women come and use them for kindling. 158 

For these people lack understanding, 159 

therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them;

the one who formed them has no mercy on them.

27:12 At that time 160  the Lord will shake the tree, 161  from the Euphrates River 162  to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. 163  27:13 At that time 164  a large 165  trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost 166  in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in 167  the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem. 168 

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