24 Behold, the Lordlays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.2 And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.3 The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word.4 The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away.5 The earth is also polluted [a]by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant.6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.
7 The new wine mourns, The vine decays, All the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases. 9 They do not drink wine with song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10 The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter. 11 There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine; All joy [b]turns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished. 12 Desolation is left in the city And the gate is battered to ruins. 13 For thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples, As the [c]shaking of an olive tree, As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over. 14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy; They cry out from the [d]west concerning the majesty of the Lord. 15 Therefore glorify the Lord in the [e]east, The name of the Lord, the God of Israel, In the [f]coastlands of the sea. 16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs, “Glory to the Righteous One,” But I say, “[g]Woe to me! [h]Woe to me! Alas for me! The treacherous deal treacherously, And the treacherous deal very treacherously.” 17 Terror and pit and snare [i]Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth. 18 Then it will be that he who flees the [j]report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who [k]climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows [l]above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake. 19 The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently. 20 The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a [m]shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again. 21 So it will happen in that day, That the Lord will punish the host of [n]heaven on high, And the kings of the earth on earth. 22 They will be gathered together Likeprisoners in the [o]dungeon, And will be confined in prison; And after many days they willbe punished. 23 Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.
Song of Praise for God’s Favor
25 O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness. 2 For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore a strong people will glorify You; Cities of ruthless nations will revere You. 4 For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall. 5 Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens; Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is [p]silenced.
6 The Lord of hosts will prepare a [q]lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of [r]aged wine, [s]choice pieces with marrow, And[t]refined, aged wine. 7 And on this mountain He will swallow up the [u]covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is [v]stretched over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord [w]God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. 9 And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” 10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain, And Moab will be trodden down in his place As straw is trodden down in the water of a manure pile. 11 And he will spread out his hands in the middle of it As a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim, But the Lord will lay low his pride together with the trickery of his hands. 12 The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down, Lay low and cast to the ground, even to the dust.
Song of Trust in God’s Protection
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for [x]security. 2 “Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that [y]remains faithful. 3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. 4 “Trust in the Lord forever, For in [z]God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. 5 “For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust. 6 “The foot will trample it, The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the helpless.”
7 The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8 Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. 9 At night [aa]my soul longs for You, Indeed, [ab]my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth [ac]experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.
11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. [ad]They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, [ae]fire will devour Your enemies. 12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works. 13 O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled us; But through You alone we [af]confess Your name. 14 The dead will not live, the [ag]departed spirits will not rise; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out all remembrance of them. 15 You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation, You are glorified; You have extended all the borders of the land. 16 O Lord, they sought You in distress; They [ah]could only whisper a prayer, Your chastening was upon them. 17 As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains, Thus were we before You, O Lord. 18 We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world [ai]born. 19 Your dead will live; [aj]Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the [ak]dawn, And the earth will [al]give birth to the [am]departed spirits.
20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little [an]while Until indignation [ao]runs its course. 21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; And the earth will reveal her bloodshed And will no longer cover her slain.
The Deliverance of Israel
27 In that day the Lord will punish [ap]Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even [aq]Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
2 In that day, “A [ar]vineyard of wine, sing of it! 3 “I, the Lord, am its keeper; I water it every moment. So that no one will [as]damage it, I guard it night and day. 4 “I have no wrath. Should [at]someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them [au]completely. 5 “Or let him [av]rely on My protection, Let him make peace with Me, Let him make peace with Me.” 6 [aw]In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, And they will fill the [ax]whole world with fruit.
7 Like the striking of Him who has struck them, has He struck them? Or like the slaughter of His slain, [ay]have they been slain? 8 You contended with them [az]by banishing them, by driving them away. With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind. 9 Therefore through this Jacob’s iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be [ba]the full price of the [bb]pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When[bc]Asherim and incense altars will not stand. 10 For the fortified city is isolated, A [bd]homestead forlorn and forsaken like the desert; There the calf will graze, And there it will lie down and [be]feed on its branches. 11 When its limbs are dry, they are broken off; Women come and make a fire with them, For they are not a people of discernment, Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them. And their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12 In that day the Lordwill start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel.13 It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
29 Woe, O [a]Ariel, [b]Ariel the city where David oncecamped! Add year to year, [c]observe your feasts on schedule. 2 I will bring distress to Ariel, And she will be a city of lamenting and mourning; And she will be like an Ariel to me. 3 I will camp against you [d]encircling you, And I will set siegeworks against you, And I will raise up battle towers against you. 4 Then you will be brought low; From the earth you will speak, And from the dust where you are prostrate Your words will come. Your voice will also be like that of a [e]spirit from the ground, And your speech will whisper from the dust.
5 But the multitude of your [f]enemies will become like fine dust, And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which [g]blows away; And it will happen instantly, suddenly. 6 From the Lord of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire. 7 And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against [h]Ariel, Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, Will be like a dream, a vision of the night. 8 It will be as when a hungry man dreams— And behold, he is eating; But when he awakens, his [i]hunger is not satisfied, Or as when a thirsty man dreams— And behold, he is drinking, But when he awakens, behold, he is faint And his [j]thirst is not quenched. Thus the multitude of all the nations will be Who wage war against Mount Zion.
9 Be delayed and wait, Blind yourselves and be blind; They become drunk, but not with wine, They stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, the seers.
11 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed [k]book, which when they give it to the one who [l]is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”12 Then the [m]book will be given to the one who [n]is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I [o]cannot read.”
13 Then the Lord said,
“Because this people draw near with their [p]words And honor Me with their [q]lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their [r]reverence for Me [s]consists of [t]tradition learned by rote, 14 Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”
15 Woe to those who deeply hide their [u]plans from the Lord, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?” 16 You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered [v]as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
Blessing after Discipline
17 Is it not yet just a little while [w]Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field, And the fertile field will be considered as a forest? 18 On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. 19 The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the Lord, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who [x]are intent on doing evil will be cut off; 21 Who [y]cause a person to be indicted by a word, And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And [z]defraud the one in the right with [aa]meaningless arguments.
22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale; 23 But when [ab]he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name; Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob And will stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24 “Those who err in [ac]mind will know [ad]the truth, And those who [ae]criticize will [af]accept instruction.
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