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Isaiah 24:1–6

Judgment on the Earth

1 Behold, the Lord alays 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 acreditor like the debtor.

3 The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word.

4 The aearth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the bexalted of the people of the earth fade away.

5 The earth is also apolluted 1by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, bbroke the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore, a acurse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the binhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.

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Isaiah 24:1–6 — The New International Version (NIV)

See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth

and devastate it;

he will ruin its face

and scatter its inhabitants—

it will be the same

for priest as for people,

for the master as for his servant,

for the mistress as for her servant,

for seller as for buyer,

for borrower as for lender,

for debtor as for creditor.

The earth will be completely laid waste

and totally plundered.

The Lord has spoken this word.

The earth dries up and withers,

the world languishes and withers,

the heavens languish with the earth.

The earth is defiled by its people;

they have disobeyed the laws,

violated the statutes

and broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse consumes the earth;

its people must bear their guilt.

Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,

and very few are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,

and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;

as with the slave, so with his master;

as with the maid, so with her mistress;

as with the buyer, so with the seller;

as with the lender, so with the borrower;

as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;

for the Lord has spoken this word.

The earth mourns and withers;

the world languishes and withers;

the highest people of the earth languish.

The earth lies defiled

under its inhabitants;

for they have transgressed the laws,

violated the statutes,

broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,

and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste,

And turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;

As with the servant, so with his master;

As with the maid, so with her mistress;

As with the buyer, so with the seller;

As with the lender, so with the borrower;

As with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled:

For the Lord hath spoken this word.

The earth mourneth and fadeth away,

The world languisheth and fadeth away,

The haughty people of the earth do languish.

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof;

Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance,

Broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth,

And they that dwell therein are desolate:

Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,

And few men left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth

and make it a vast wasteland.

He devastates the surface of the earth

and scatters the people.

Priests and laypeople,

servants and masters,

maids and mistresses,

buyers and sellers,

lenders and borrowers,

bankers and debtors—none will be spared.

The earth will be completely emptied and looted.

The Lord has spoken!

The earth mourns and dries up,

and the land wastes away and withers.

Even the greatest people on earth waste away.

The earth suffers for the sins of its people,

for they have twisted God’s instructions,

violated his laws,

and broken his everlasting covenant.

Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.

Its people must pay the price for their sin.

They are destroyed by fire,

and only a few are left alive.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste,

Distorts its surface

And scatters abroad its inhabitants.

And it shall be:

As with the people, so with the priest;

As with the servant, so with his master;

As with the maid, so with her mistress;

As with the buyer, so with the seller;

As with the lender, so with the borrower;

As with the creditor, so with the debtor.

The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,

For the Lord has spoken this word.

The earth mourns and fades away,

The world languishes and fades away;

The haughty people of the earth languish.

The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,

Because they have transgressed the laws,

Changed the ordinance,

Broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore the curse has devoured the earth,

And those who dwell in it are desolate.

Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,

And few men are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — New Century Version (NCV)

Look! The Lord will destroy the earth and leave it empty;

he will ruin the surface of the land and scatter its people.

At that time the same thing will happen to everyone:

to common people and priests,

to slaves and masters,

to women slaves and their women masters,

to buyers and sellers,

to those who borrow and those who lend,

to bankers and those who owe the bank.

The earth will be completely empty.

The wealth will all be taken,

because the Lord has commanded it.

The earth will dry up and die;

the world will grow weak and die;

the great leaders in this land will become weak.

The people of the earth have ruined it,

because they do not follow God’s teachings

or obey God’s laws

or keep their agreement with God that was to last forever.

So a curse will destroy the earth.

The people of the world are guilty,

so they will be burned up;

only a few will be left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Behold, Jehovah maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the creditor, so with the debtor; as with the taker of interest, so with the giver of interest to him. The earth shall be utterly emptied, and utterly laid waste; for Jehovah hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the lofty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Behold, Jehovah maketh the land empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad its inhabitants. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with him from whom usury is taken. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled; for Jehovah hath spoken this word. The land mourneth, it fadeth away; the world languisheth, it fadeth away: the haughty people of the land do languish. And the land is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; for they have violated the laws, changed the statute, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore doth the curse devour the earth, and they that dwell therein are held guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are consumed, and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Lord is going to turn the earth into a desolate wasteland.

He will mar the face of the earth and scatter the people living on it.

The same will happen to people and priests,

male slaves and masters,

female slaves and masters,

buyers and sellers,

lenders and borrowers,

debtors and creditors.

The earth will be completely laid waste and stripped

because the Lord has spoken.

The earth dries up and withers.

The world wastes away and withers.

The great leaders of the earth waste away.

The earth is polluted by those who live on it

because they’ve disobeyed the Lord’s teachings,

violated his laws,

and rejected the everlasting promise.

That is why a curse devours the earth,

and its people are punished for their guilt.

That is why those who live on the earth are burned up,

and only a few people are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare

and making it desolate.

He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:

people and priest alike,

servant and master,

female servant and mistress,

buyer and seller,

lender and borrower,

creditor and debtor.

The earth will be stripped completely bare

and will be totally plundered,

for the Lord has spoken this message.

The earth mourns and withers;

the world wastes away and withers;

the exalted people of the earth waste away.

The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,

for they have transgressed teachings,

overstepped decrees,

and broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse has consumed the earth,

and its inhabitants have become guilty;

the earth’s inhabitants have been burned,

and only a few survive.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Now the Lord is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate,

and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;

as with the slave, so with his master;

as with the maid, so with her mistress;

as with the buyer, so with the seller;

as with the lender, so with the borrower;

as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled;

for the Lord has spoken this word.

The earth dries up and withers,

the world languishes and withers;

the heavens languish together with the earth.

The earth lies polluted

under its inhabitants;

for they have transgressed laws,

violated the statutes,

broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,

and few people are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Look! Yahweh is about to lay the earth waste

and is about to devastate it,

and he will twist her surface,

and he will scatter her inhabitants.

And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest;

as with the slave, so with his master;

as with the female slave, so with her mistress;

as with the buyer, so with the seller;

as with the lender, so with the borrower;

as with the creditor, so with the one to whom he lends.

The earth shall be utterly laid waste,

and it shall be utterly plundered,

for Yahweh has spoken this word.

The earth dries up, it withers;

the world languishes, it withers.

The elevated of the people of the earth languish,

and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants.

For they have transgressed laws;

they have passed by statutes;

they have broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

and the inhabitants in it suffer for their guilt.

Therefore the inhabitants of the earth burn,

and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:1–6 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

The Lord is going to completely destroy everything on earth.

He will twist its surface.

He’ll scatter those who live on it.

Priests and people alike will suffer.

So will masters and their servants.

And so will women and their female servants.

Sellers and buyers alike will suffer.

So will those who borrow and those who lend.

And so will those who owe money and those who lend it.

The earth will be completely destroyed.

Everything of value will be taken out of it.

That’s what the Lord has said.

The earth will dry up completely.

The world will dry up and waste away.

The most important people on earth will fade away.

The earth is polluted by its people.

They haven’t obeyed the laws of the Lord.

They haven’t done what he told them to do.

They’ve broken the covenant that will last forever.

So the Lord will send a curse on the earth.

Its people will pay for what they’ve done.

They will be burned up.

Very few of them will be left.