24 ·Look [T Behold]! The Lord will destroy the earth and ·leave it empty [lay it waste]; he will ·ruin [mar; distort] the surface of the land and scatter its ·people [inhabitants]. 2 ·At that time the same thing will happen to everyone [L It will be]: ·to common people and priests [L like people, like priest], ·to slaves and masters [L like servant/slave, like master/lord], ·to women slaves and their women masters [L like maidservant, like mistress/queen], ·to sellers and buyers [L like seller, like buyer], ·to those who lend and those who borrow [L like lender, like borrower], ·to bankers and those who owe the bank [L like creditor, like debtor]. 3 The earth will be ·completely empty [devastated; laid waste]. The wealth ·will all be taken [plundered], because the Lord has ·commanded it [spoken this word]. 4 The earth will ·dry up [or mourn] and ·die [wither]; the world will ·grow weak [languish] and ·die [wither]; the ·great leaders [or heavens; heights; L highest ones] ·in this land [or of the earth] will ·become weak [languish]. 5 The people of the earth have ·ruined [defiled] it, because they ·do not follow [have violated/transgressed] ·God’s teachings [the laws/instruction; L Torah] or obey ·God’s laws [statutes; regulations] or keep ·their agreement with God that was to last forever [the eternal covenant/treaty]. 6 So a curse [Deut. 28] will ·destroy [consume; devour] the earth. The people of the world ·are guilty [must pay for their guilt], so ·they [L the earth’s inhabitants] will be burned up; only a few will be left. 7 The new wine ·will be bad [dries up; or mourns], and the grapevines will ·die [wither; or languish]. ·People who were happy [Revelers; Merrymakers] will ·be sad [groan; sigh]. 8 The ·happy music [joy; mirth] of the tambourines will end. The happy sounds of ·wild parties [revelry] will stop. The joyful music from the harps will ·end [cease]. 9 People will no longer sing while they drink their wine. The ·beer [T strong drink; C alcoholic beverage made from grain] will taste bitter to those who drink it. 10 The ruined city ·will be empty [is desolate/broken], ·and people will hide behind closed doors [L every house is shuttered to prevent entering]. 11 People in the streets will ·ask [cry out; howl] for wine, but joy will have turned to ·sadness [gloom; darkness]; all the ·happiness [gladness; rejoicing] ·will have left [is banished/exiled]. 12 The city will be left in ruins, and its gates will be smashed to pieces. 13 This is what will happen all over the earth and to all the nations. The earth will be like an olive tree ·after the harvest [L when it is beaten; 17:6] or like the ·few grapes left on a vine [L gleanings] after harvest.
14 The people raise their voices and shout for joy. From the ·west [L sea] they ·praise the greatness [shout/cry out for the majesty] of the Lord. 15 [L Therefore] People in the ·east [or morning light; dawn], ·praise [extol; give glory to] the Lord. People in the ·islands [or coastlands] of the sea, ·praise [extol; give glory to] the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 16 We hear songs from ·every part [the ends/edge] of the earth ·praising God, [or “Glory to…”] the Righteous One.
But I said, “I am ·dying [wasting away]! I am ·dying [wasting away]! ·How terrible it will be for [Woe to] me! ·Traitors turn against people [L Betrayers betray; 21:2]; ·with their dishonesty, they turn against people [L Betrayers betray with betrayal].” 17 There are terrors, ·holes [pits], and ·traps [snares] for the ·people [inhabitants] of the earth. 18 Anyone who tries to ·escape [flee] from the sound of terror will fall into a ·hole [pit]. Anyone who climbs out of the ·hole [pit] will be caught in a ·trap [snare]. The ·clouds in the sky will pour out rain [L the floodgates/windows of the heights are opened], and the foundations of the earth will shake. 19 The earth will be ·broken up [shattered]; the earth will split open; the earth will shake violently. 20 The earth will ·stumble [stagger; reel] around like someone who is drunk; it will shake like a ·hut in a storm [L hut]. Its ·sin [transgression; rebellion] is ·like a heavy weight on its back [L heavy upon it]; it will fall and never rise again.
21 ·At that time [L In that day] the Lord will punish the ·powers [armies; hosts] in the ·sky [or heavens; L heights] above and the ·rulers [kings] on earth below. 22 They will be gathered together like prisoners ·thrown into a dungeon [in a pit/cistern]; they will be shut up in prison. After ·much time [many days] they will be punished. 23 The moon will be ·embarrassed [confounded; dismayed; disgraced; or covered up], and the sun will be ·ashamed [or darkened; C these great lights will pale in comparison to the Lord’s glory], because the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] will rule as king on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. ·Jerusalem’s leaders will see his greatness [L …and gloriously before its elders].
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