24:1 Behold, Jehovah maketh the land empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad its inhabitants.
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 him from whom usury is taken.
24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled; for Jehovah hath spoken this word.
24:4 The land mourneth, it fadeth away; the world languisheth, it fadeth away: the haughty people of the land do languish.
24:5 And the land is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; for they have violated the laws, changed the statute, broken the everlasting covenant.
24:6 Therefore doth the curse devour the earth, and they that dwell therein are held guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are consumed, and few men are left.
24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all that were merry-hearted do sigh;
24:8 the mirth of tambours ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
24:9 They do not drink wine with a song; strong drink is bitter to them that drink it.
24:10 The city of solitude is broken down; every house is shut up, so that none entereth 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 desolation remaineth in the city, and the gate is smitten, -- a ruin.
24:13 For so will it be in the midst of the land among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive-tree, as the grape-gleanings when the vintage is done.
24:14 These shall lift up their voice, they shall shout for the majesty of Jehovah, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
24:15 Therefore glorify Jehovah in the east, the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the isles of the west.
24:16 From the end of the earth have we heard songs: Glory to the righteous! And I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! The treacherous have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.
24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, inhabitant of the land.
24:18 And it shall come to pass, [that] he who fleeth from the sound 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 on high are open, and the foundations of the earth shake.
24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is completely dissolved, the earth is violently moved.
24:20 The earth reeleth to and fro like a drunkard, and is shaken like a night hut; and its transgression is heavy upon it; and it falleth and shall not rise again.
24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] Jehovah will punish the host of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
24:22 And they shall be brought together, [as] an assemblage of prisoners for the pit, and shall be shut up in prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
24:23 And the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Jehovah of hosts shall reign on mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients in glory.