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Yahweh Will Empty the Earth

24 Behold, Yahweh (A)empties the earth to destruction, eviscerates it, distorts its surface, and scatters its inhabitants. And the people will be like the priest, the male slave like his master, the female slave like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the (B)creditor like the debtor. The earth will be completely emptied to destruction and completely plundered, for Yahweh has spoken this word. The (C)earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the (D)exalted of the people of the earth languish. The earth is also (E)polluted [a]by its inhabitants, for they trespassed laws, violated statutes, (F)broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a (G)curse devours the earth, and those who inhabit it are held guilty. Therefore, the (H)inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men remain.

The (I)new wine mourns;
The vine languishes;
All the glad of heart sigh.
The (J)joy of tambourines ceases;
The rumbling of those exulting stops;
The joy of the harp ceases.
They do not drink wine with song;
(K)Strong drink is (L)bitter to those who drink it.
10 The (M)city of chaos is broken down;
(N)Every house is shut up so that none may enter.
11 There is an (O)outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
(P)All gladness [b]turns to gloom.
The joy of the earth is taken away into exile.
12 Desolation remains in the city,
And the (Q)gate is struck down to ruins.
13 For (R)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 (S)They lift up their voices, they shout for joy;
They cry out from the [d]west concerning the majesty of Yahweh.
15 Therefore (T)glorify Yahweh in the [e]east,
The (U)name of Yahweh, the God of Israel,
In the [f](V)coastlands of the sea.
16 From the (W)ends of the earth we hear songs, “(X)Glory to the Righteous One,”
But I say, “[g](Y)I waste away! [h]I waste away! Woe is me!
The (Z)treacherous deal treacherously,
And the treacherous deal very treacherously.”
17 (AA)Panic and pit and pitfall
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 Then it will be that he who flees the sound of panic will fall into the pit,
And he who [i]climbs out of the pit will be caught in the pitfall;
For the (AB)windows [j]above are opened, and the (AC)foundations of the earth quake.
19 (AD)The earth is broken asunder;
The earth is (AE)split through;
The earth is shaken violently.
20 The earth (AF)reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a [k]shack,
For its (AG)transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall, (AH)never to rise again.
21 So it will be in that day,
That Yahweh will (AI)punish the host of heights on high,
And the (AJ)kings of the earth on earth.
22 They will be gathered together
Like (AK)prisoners in the [l]pit,
And will be confined in prison;
And after many days they will (AL)be punished.
23 Then the (AM)moon will be humiliated and the sun ashamed,
For (AN)Yahweh of hosts will reign on (AO)Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
And His glory will be before His elders.


  1. Isaiah 24:5 Lit under
  2. Isaiah 24:11 Lit is darkened
  3. Isaiah 24:13 Lit striking
  4. Isaiah 24:14 Lit sea
  5. Isaiah 24:15 Lit region of light
  6. Isaiah 24:15 Or islands
  7. Isaiah 24:16 Lit Wasting to me!
  8. Isaiah 24:16 Lit Wasting to me!
  9. Isaiah 24:18 Lit goes up from the midst of
  10. Isaiah 24:18 Heaven; lit from the height
  11. Isaiah 24:20 Or hut
  12. Isaiah 24:22 Or dungeon