The Earth Judged
1Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare
and making it desolate.
He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:
2people and priest alike,
servant and master,
female servant and mistress,
buyer and seller,
lender and borrower,
creditor and debtor.
3The earth will be stripped completely bare
and will be totally plundered,
4The earth mourns and withers;
the world wastes away and withers;
the exalted people of the earth waste away.
for they have transgressed teachings,
and broken the permanent covenant.24:5 Gn 9:16; 17:7; Ex 31:16; Lv 24:8; 2Sm 23:5; Ps 105:10; Is 55:3; 61:8; Jr 32:40; Ezk 16:60
and its inhabitants have become guilty;
the earth’s inhabitants have been burned,
and only a few survive.
the vine withers.
All the carousers now groan.
The noise of the jubilant has stopped.
The joyful lyre has ceased.
9They no longer sing and drink wine;
beer is bitter to those who drink it.
every house is closed to entry.24:10 Is 23:1
11In the streets they cry24:11 Lit streets she cries for wine.
All joy grows dark;
earth’s rejoicing goes into exile.
12Only desolation remains in the city;
its gate has collapsed in ruins.
13For this is how it will be on earth
among the nations:
like a harvested olive tree,
like a gleaning after a grape harvest.24:13 Is 17:6
14They raise their voices, they sing out;
they proclaim in the west
the majesty of the Lord.
15Therefore, in the east honor the Lord!
In the coasts and islands of the west
honor the name of the Lord,
the God of Israel.
16From the ends of the earth we hear songs:
But I said, “I waste away! I waste away!24:16 Hb obscure
Woe is me.”
The treacherous act treacherously;
who dwell on the earth.24:17–18 Jr 48:43–44
18Whoever flees at the sound of panic
will fall into a pit,
and whoever escapes from the pit
will be caught in a trap.
For the floodgates on high are opened,24:18 Gn 7:11
19The earth is completely devastated;
the earth is split open;
the earth is violently shaken.
and sways like a hut.
Earth’s rebellion weighs it down,
and it falls, never to rise again.
the army of the heights in the heights
and the kings of the ground on the ground.
22They will be gathered together
like prisoners in a pit.24:22 Rv 20:1–3
They will be confined to a dungeon;24:22 Rv 20:2
after many days they will be punished.
23The moon will be put to shame
and the sun disgraced,
because the Lord of Armies will reign as king
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
and he will display his glory