Isaiah 24

1Look! The Lord will destroy this land. The Lord will completely clean everything from the land. The Lord will force the people to go far away. 2At that time, the common people and the priests will be the same. Slaves and masters will be the same. Women slaves and their women masters will be the same. The buyers and sellers will be the same. The people that borrow and the people that lend will be the same. The bankers and the people that owe the bank will be the same. 3All the people will be forced out of the land. The wealth will all be taken. This will happen because the Lord commanded it. 4The country will be empty and sad. The world will be empty and weak. The great leaders of the people in this land will become weak. 5The people on the land have made the land dirty. ˻How did this happen˼? The people did wrong things against God’s teaching. The people did not obey God’s laws. The people made an agreement with God a long time ago, but those people broke their agreement with God. 6The people living in this land are guilty of doing wrong. So God promised to destroy the land. The people will be punished. Only a few people will survive. 7The grapevines are dying. The new wine is bad. In the past, people were happy. But now those people are sad. 8People have stopped showing their joy. All the happy sounds have stopped. The happy music from the drums and harps has ended. 9People don’t sing happy songs while they drink their wine. The beer now tastes bitter to the person drinking it. 10“Total Confusion” is a good name for this city. The city has been destroyed. People can’t enter the houses. The doors are blocked. 11People still ask for wine in the market places. But all the happiness is gone. Joy has been carried far away. 12Only destruction is left for the city. Even the gates are crushed. 13At harvest time, people knock olives from olive trees. But, a few olives are left in the trees. It will be like that in this land among the nations. 14The people that are left will begin shouting. They will be louder than the noise from the ocean. They will be happy because of the Lord’s greatness. 15Those people will say, ”People in the east, praise the Lord! People in faraway lands, praise the name of the Lord God of Israel.” 16We will hear songs of praise for God from every place on earth. These songs will praise the Good God. But I say; ”Enough! I have had enough! The things I see are terrible. Traitors are turning against people and hurting them. 17˻I see danger for the people living in this land. I see˼ fear, holes, and traps for them. 18People will hear about danger and they will be scared. Some of the people will run away. But they will fall into holes and be trapped. Some of those people will climb out of the holes, but they will be caught in another trap.” The flood gates in the sky above will open, ˻and the floods will begin˼. The foundations of the earth will shake. 19There will be earthquakes. And the earth will split open. 20The sins of the world are very heavy. So the earth will fall under that weight. The earth will shake like an old house. The earth will fall like a drunk person. The earth will not be able to continue. 21At that time, the Lord will judge the heavenly armies in heaven and the earthly kings on earth. 22Many people will be gathered together. Some of them have been locked in the Pit. Some of them have been in prison. But finally, after much time, they will be judged. 23The Lord will rule as king on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. His Glory will be before the elders. ˻His Glory will be so bright that˼ the moon will be embarrassed, the sun will be ashamed.

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