Isaiah 24
The Scriptures (ISR 1998)

1See, יהוה is making the earth empty and making it waste, and shall overturn its surface, and shall scatter abroad its inhabitants.

2And it shall be – as with the people so with the priest, as with the servant so with his master, as with the female servant 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;

3the earth is completely emptied and utterly plundered, for יהוה has spoken this word.

4The earth shall mourn and wither, the world shall languish and wither, the haughty people of the earth shall languish.

5For the earth has been defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the Torota, changedb the law, broken the everlasting covenantc.

6Therefore a curse shall consume the earth, and those who dwell in it be punished. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth shall be burned, and few men shall be left.

7The new wine shall fail, the vine shall languish, all those glad at heart shall sigh.

8The joy of the tambourine shall cease, the noise of those who rejoice shall end, the joy of the lyre shall cease.

9No more do they drink wine with a song, strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.

10The deserted city shall be broken down, every house shall be shut, no one enters.

11There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy shall be darkened, the gladness of the earth shall be gone.

12The city is left in ruins, and the gate is stricken with destruction.

13For thus it is to be in the midst of the earth among the peoples, like the shaking of an olive tree, like the gleaning of grapes when the grape harvest is done.

14They lift up their voice, they sing of the excellency of יהוה, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

15Therefore praise יהוה in the east, the Name of יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl in the coastlands of the sea.

16From the ends of the earth we shall hear songs, “Splendour to the Righteous One!” But I say, “I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray, with treachery the treacherous betray.”

17Fear and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.

18And it shall be that he who flees from the noise of the fear falls into the pit, and he who comes up from the midst of the pit is caught in the snare. For the windows from on high shall be opened, and the foundations of the earth be shaken.

19The earth shall be utterly broken, the earth shall be completely shattered, the earth shall be fiercely shaken.

20The earth shall stagger like a drunkard. And it shall totter like a hut, and its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again.

21And in that day it shall be that יהוה punishes on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the sovereigns of the earth.

22And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and be punished after many days.

23And the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, for יהוה of hosts shall reign on Mount Tsiyon, and in Yerushalayim, and before His elders, in esteem!

Isaiah 23
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