24 See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earthm
and devastaten it;
he will ruin its face
and scattero its inhabitants—
for priest as for people,p
for the master as for his servant,
for the mistress as for her servant,
for seller as for buyer,q
for borrower as for lender,
for debtor as for creditor.r
3 The earth will be completely laid wastes
and totally plundered.t
The Lord has spokenu this word.
the world languishes and withers,
5 The earth is defiledz by its people;
they have disobeyeda the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.b
6 Therefore a cursec consumes the earth;
its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,d
and very few are left.
all the merrymakers groan.g
8 The joyful timbrelsh are stilled,
9 No longer do they drink winem with a song;
the beer is bittern to its drinkers.
the entrance to every house is barred.
all joy turns to gloom,s
all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.
12 The city is left in ruins,t
its gateu is battered to pieces.
and among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,v
or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.w
14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;x
from the westy they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
in the islandsd of the sea.
But I said, “I waste away, I waste away!i
Woej to me!
The treacherousk betray!
With treachery the treacherous betray!l”
people of the earth.o
18 Whoever fleesp at the sound of terror
will fall into a pit;q
whoever climbs out of the pit
will be caught in a snare.r
The floodgates of the heavenss are opened,
the foundations of the earth shake.t
19 The earth is broken up,u
the earth is split asunder,v
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,w
it sways like a hutx in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebelliony
the powersd in the heavens above
and the kingse on the earth below.
they will be shut up in prison
the suni ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reignj
on Mount Zionk and in Jerusalem,
and before its elders—with great glory.l
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