Isaiah 23

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The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 24

1

Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty,6 and maketh it waste,6 and turneth14 it upside down, and scattereth abroad52 the inhabitants6 thereof.

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,6 so with the seller;6 as with the lender,56 so with the borrower;5 as with the taker of usury,6 so with the giver of usury5 to him.

3

The land shall be utterly9 emptied,11 and utterly9 spoiled:11 for the LORD hath spoken14 this word.

4

The earth mourneth1 [and] fadeth away,1 the world languisheth49 [and] fadeth away,1 the haughty people of the earth do languish.49

5

The earth also is defiled1 under the inhabitants6 thereof; because they have transgressed1 the laws, changed1 the ordinance, broken52 the everlasting covenant.

6

Therefore hath the curse devoured1 the earth, and they that dwell6 therein are desolate:4 therefore the inhabitants6 of the earth are burned,1 and few men left.8

7

The new wine mourneth,1 the vine languisheth,49 all the merryhearted 3820 do sigh.8

8

The mirth of tabrets ceaseth,1 the noise of them that rejoice endeth,1 the joy of the harp ceaseth.1

9

They shall not drink4 wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter4 to them that drink6 it.

10

The city of confusion is broken down:8 every house is shut up,27 that no man may come in.2

11

[There is] a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened,1 the mirth of the land is gone.1

12

In the city is left8 desolation, and the gate is smitten93 with destruction.

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.1

14

They shall lift up4 their voice, they shall sing4 for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud1 from the sea.

15

Wherefore glorify16 ye the LORD in the fires, [even] the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

16

From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard1 songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said,4 My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers6 have dealt treacherously;1 yea, the treacherous dealers6 have dealt very treacherously.1

17

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, [are] upon thee, O inhabitant6 of the earth.

18

And it shall come to pass, [that] he who fleeth5 from the noise of the fear shall fall4 into the pit; and he that cometh up6 out of the midst of the pit shall be taken11 in the snare: for the windows from on high are open,8 and the foundations of the earth do shake.4

19

The earth is utterly2 broken down,110 the earth is clean2 dissolved,105 the earth is moved98 exceedingly.2

20

The earth shall reel4 to and fro2 like a drunkard, and shall be removed110 like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy1 upon it; and it shall fall,1 and not rise2 again.55

21

And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall punish4 the host of the high ones [that are] on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22

And they shall be gathered27 together, [as] prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up27 in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.11

23

Then the moon shall be confounded,1 and the sun ashamed,1 when the LORD of hosts shall reign1 in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isaiah 25