24:1 Behold, Yahweh makes the earth empty, makes it waste, turns it upside down, and scatters its inhabitants.
24:2 It will 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.
24:3 The earth will be utterly emptied and utterly laid waste; for Yahweh has spoken this word.
24:4 The earth mourns and fades away. The world languishes and fades away. The lofty people of the earth languish.
24:5 The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.
24:6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell therein are found guilty. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
24:7 The new wine mourns. The vine languishes. All the merry-hearted sigh.
24:8 The mirth of tambourines ceases. The sound of those who rejoice ends. The joy of the harp ceases.
24:9 They will not drink wine with a song. Strong drink will be bitter to those who drink it.
24:10 The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
24:11 There is a crying in the streets because of the wine. All joy is darkened. The mirth of the land is gone.
24:12 The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.
24:13 For it will be so in the midst of the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive tree, as the gleanings when the vintage is done.
24:14 These shall lift up their voice. They will shout for the majesty of Yahweh. They cry aloud from the sea.
24:15 Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east, even the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea!
24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous! But I said, "I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!" The treacherous have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.
24:17 Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.
24:18 It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.
24:19 The earth is utterly broken. The earth is torn apart. The earth is shaken violently.
24:20 The earth will stagger like a drunken man, and will sway back and forth like a hammock. Its disobedience will be heavy on it, and it will fall and not rise again.
24:21 It shall happen in that day that Yahweh will punish the army of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth on the earth.
24:22 They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited.
24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders will be glory.
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