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Isaiah 24

Judgment on the Whole Earth

1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface
And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be:
As with the people, so with the a priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
b As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the LORD has spoken this word.

4 The earth mourns and fades away,
The world languishes and fades away;
The c haughty 1 people of the earth languish.
5 d The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
Because they have e transgressed the laws,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the f everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore g the curse has devoured the earth,
And those who dwell in it are 2 desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are h burned,
And few men are left.
7 i The new wine fails, the vine languishes,
All the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth j of the tambourine ceases,
The noise of the jubilant ends,
The joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song;
Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down;
Every house is shut up, so that none may go in.
11 There is a cry for wine in the streets,
All joy is darkened,
The mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city desolation is left,
And the gate is stricken with destruction.
13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people,
k It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree,
Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing;
For the majesty of the LORD
They shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore l glorify the LORD in the dawning light,
m The name of the LORD God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs:
"Glory to the righteous!"
But I said, 3 "I am ruined, ruined!
Woe to me!
n The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously,
Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously."

17 o Fear and the pit and the snare
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be
That he who flees from the noise of the fear
Shall fall into the pit,
And he who comes up from the midst of the pit
Shall be 4 caught in the snare;
For p the windows from on high are open,
And q the foundations of the earth are shaken.
19 r The earth is violently broken,
The earth is split open,
The earth is shaken exceedingly.
20 The earth shall s reel 5 to and fro like a drunkard,
And shall totter like a hut;
Its transgression shall be heavy upon it,
And it will fall, and not rise again.

21 It shall come to pass in that day
That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones,
And on the earth t the kings of the earth.
22 They will be gathered together,
As prisoners are gathered in the 6 pit,
And will be shut up in the prison;
After many days they will be punished.
23 Then the u moon will be disgraced
And the sun ashamed;
For the LORD of hosts will v reign
On w Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
And before His elders, gloriously.

  1. Cross References
    Hosea 4:9
    And it shall be: like people, like priest. So I will punish them for their ways, And reward them for their deeds.
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 7:12
    The time has come, The day draws near. 'Let not the buyer rejoice, Nor the seller mourn, For wrath is on their whole multitude.
    Ezekiel 7:13
    For the seller shall not return to what has been sold, Though he may still be alive; For the vision concerns the whole multitude, And it shall not turn back; No one will strengthen himself Who lives in iniquity.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:11
    And He will spread out His hands in their midst As a swimmer reaches out to swim, And He will bring down their pride Together with the trickery of their hands.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 3:17
    Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
    Numbers 35:33
    So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.
    Isaiah 9:17
    Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men, Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows; For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, And every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
    Isaiah 10:6
    I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:12
    For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And as for our iniquities, we know them:
  6. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 16:14 - 19
    He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
    Psalms 105:7 - 12
    He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
  7. Cross References
    Malachi 4:6
    And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:19
    Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts The land is burned up, And the people shall be as fuel for the fire; No man shall spare his brother.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 16:8 - 10
    For the fields of Heshbon languish, And the vine of Sibmah; The lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants, Which have reached to Jazer And wandered through the wilderness. Her branches are stretched out, They are gone over the sea.
    Joel 1:10
    The field is wasted, The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine is dried up, The oil fails.
    Joel 1:12
    The vine has dried up, And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree, The palm tree also, And the apple tree - All the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:12
    The harp and the strings, The tambourine and fl...
    Isaiah 5:14
    Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself And opened ...
    Jeremiah 7:34
    Then I will cause to cease from the cities of J...
    Jeremiah 16:9
    For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Isr...
    Jeremiah 25:10
    Moreover I will take from them the voice of mir...
    Ezekiel 26:13
    I will put an end to the sound of your songs, a...
    Hosea 2:11
    I will also cause all her mirth to cease, Her f...
    Revelation 18:22
    The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and...
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 17:5
    It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, And reaps the heads with his arm; It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain In the Valley of Rephaim.
    Isaiah 17:6
    Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, Like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, Four or five in its most fruitful branches," Says the LORD God of Israel.
    Isaiah 27:12
    And it shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will thresh, From the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; And you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:3
    Therefore the strong people will glorify You; The city of the terrible nations will fear You.
  13. Cross References
    Malachi 1:11
    For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations," Says the LORD of hosts.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 21:2
    A distressing vision is declared to me; The treacherous dealer deals treacherously, And the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media! All its sighing I have made to cease.
    Isaiah 33:1
    Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, You will be plundered; When you make an end of dealing treacherously, They will deal treacherously with you.
    Jeremiah 3:20
    Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, So have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel," says the LORD.
    Jeremiah 5:11
    For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me," says the LORD.
  15. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:43
    Fear and the pit and the snare shall be upon you, O inhabitant of Moab," says the LORD.
    Amos 5:19
    It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!
  16. Cross References
    Genesis 7:11
    In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 18:7
    Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry.
    Psalms 46:2
    Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.
    Isaiah 2:19
    They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
    Isaiah 2:21
    To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.
    Isaiah 13:13
    Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.
  18. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:23
    I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:14
    The LORD has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst; And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
    Isaiah 24:1
    Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
    Isaiah 28:7
    But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 76:12
    He shall cut off the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:10
    For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
    Isaiah 60:19
    The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.
    Ezekiel 32:7
    When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, And the moon shall not give her light.
    Joel 2:31
    The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
    Joel 3:15
    The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness.
  22. Cross References
    Revelation 19:4
    And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!
    Revelation 19:6
    And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
  23. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:22
    But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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