24 Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface
And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
As with the people, so with the apriest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
bAs with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
For the Lord has spoken this word.
The world languishes and fades away;
5 dThe earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
Because they have etransgressed the laws,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the feverlasting covenant.
6 Therefore gthe curse has devoured the earth,
And those who dwell in it are 2desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are hburned,
And few men are left.
7 iThe new wine fails, the vine languishes,
All the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth jof the tambourine ceases,
The noise of the jubilant ends,
The joy of the harp ceases.
Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
Every house is shut up, so that none may go in.
All joy is darkened,
The mirth of the land is gone.
And the gate is stricken with destruction.
kIt shall be like the shaking of an olive tree,
Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done.
For the majesty of the Lord
They shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore lglorify the Lord in the dawning light,
mThe name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
“Glory to the righteous!”
But I said, 3“I am ruined, ruined!
Woe to me!
nThe treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously,
Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.”
17 oFear and the pit and the snare
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
That he who flees from the noise of the fear
Shall fall into the pit,
And he who comes up from the midst of the pit
Shall be 4caught in the snare;
For pthe windows from on high are open,
And qthe foundations of the earth are shaken.
Or held guilty
Lit. Leanness to me, leanness to me