Lordís Devastation of the Earth
24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and
maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth
abroad the inhabitants thereof.
24:2 And it shall 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 lender, so with the borrower; as with
the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly
spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
24:4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world
languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth
24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants
thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed
the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they
that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants
of the earth are burned, and few men left.
24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the
merryhearted do sigh.
24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that
rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink
shall be bitter to them that drink it.
24:10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is
shut up, that no man may come in.
24:11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is
darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is
smitten with destruction.
24:13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among
the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree,
and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for
the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
24:15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the
name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard
songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness,
my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt
treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very
24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O
inhabitant of the earth.
24:18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from
the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that
cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the
snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the
foundations of the earth do shake.
24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean
dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and
shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression
thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not
24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD
shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and
the kings of the earth upon the earth.
24:22 And 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, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion,
and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.