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24 Now the Lord is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
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.
for the Lord has spoken this word.
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,
and few people are left.
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
every house is shut up so that no one can enter.
all joy has reached its eventide;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
the gates are battered into ruins.
and among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is ended.
they shout from the west over the majesty of the Lord.
in the coastlands of the sea glorify the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
of glory to the Righteous One.
But I say, I pine away,
I pine away. Woe is me!
For the treacherous deal treacherously,
the treacherous deal very treacherously.
are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
shall fall into the pit;
and whoever climbs out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare.
For the windows of heaven are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.
the earth is torn asunder,
the earth is violently shaken.
it sways like a hut;
its transgression lies heavy upon it,
and it falls, and will not rise again.
the host of heaven in heaven,
and on earth the kings of the earth.
like prisoners in a pit;
they will be shut up in a prison,
and after many days they will be punished.
and the sun ashamed;
for the Lord of hosts will reign
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and before his elders he will manifest his glory.
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