Bible: Isaiah 24:1-13

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 

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