24 Look! The Lord is overturning the land of Judah and making it a vast wasteland of destruction. See how he is emptying out all its people and scattering them over the face of the earth. 2 Priests and people, servants and masters, slave girls and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors—none will be spared. 3 The land will be completely emptied and looted. The Lord has spoken. 4-5 The land suffers for the sins of its people. The earth languishes, the crops wither, the skies refuse their rain. The land is defiled by crime; the people have twisted the laws of God and broken his everlasting commands. 6 Therefore the curse of God is upon them; they are left desolate, destroyed by the drought. Few will be left alive.
7 All the joys of life will go: the grape harvest will fail, the wine will be gone, the merrymakers will sigh and mourn. 8 The melodious chords of the harp and timbrel are heard no more; the happy days are ended. 9 No more are the joys of wine and song; strong drink turns bitter in the mouth.
10 The city lies in chaos; every home and shop is locked up tight to keep out looters. 11 Mobs form in the streets, crying for wine; joy has reached its lowest ebb; gladness has been banished from the land. 12 The city is left in ruins; its gates are battered down. 13 Throughout the land[a] the story is the same—only a remnant is left.
14 But all who are left will shout and sing for joy; those in the west will praise the majesty of God, 15-16 and those in the east will respond with praise. Hear them singing to the Lord from the ends of the earth, singing glory to the Righteous One!
But my heart is heavy with grief, for evil still prevails and treachery is everywhere. 17 Terror and the captivity of hell are still your lot, O men of the world. 18 When you flee in terror, you will fall into a pit, and if you escape from the pit, you will step into a trap, for destruction falls from the heavens upon you; the world is shaken beneath you. 19 The earth has broken down in utter collapse; everything is lost, abandoned, and confused. 20 The world staggers like a drunkard; it shakes like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the sins of the earth are very great.
21 On that day the Lord will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth. 22 They will be rounded up like prisoners and imprisoned in a dungeon until they are tried and condemned. 23 Then the Lord of heaven’s armies will mount his throne in Zion and rule gloriously in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the elders of his people. Such glory there will be that all the brightness of the sun and moon will seem to fade away.
- Isaiah 24:13 Throughout the land, or possibly, “Throughout the nations of the world.”
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