Isaiah 24
Contemporary English Version

The Earth Will Be Punished

1The Lord is going to twist the earth out of shape and turn it into a desert. Everyone will be scattered, 2including ordinary people and priests, slaves and slave owners, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, the rich and the poor. 3The earth will be stripped bare and left that way. This is what the Lord has promised.

4The earth wilts away;

its mighty leaders melt

to nothing.+

5The earth is polluted

because its people

disobeyed the laws of God,

breaking their agreement

that was to last forever.

6The earth is under a curse;

its people are dying out

because of their sins.

7Grapevines have dried up:

wine is almost gone—

mournful sounds are heard

instead of joyful shouts.

8No one plays tambourines

or stringed instruments;

all noisy celebrating

has come to an end.

9They no longer sing

as they drink their wine,

and it tastes sour.

10Towns are crushed and in chaos;

houses are locked tight.

11Happy times have disappeared

from the earth,

and people shout in the streets,

“We're out of wine!”

12Cities are destroyed;

their gates are torn down.

13Nations will be stripped bare,

like olive trees or vineyards

after the harvest season.

Praise the God of Justice

14People in the west shout;

they joyfully praise

the majesty of the Lord.

15And so, everyone in the east

and those on the islands

should praise the Lord,

the God of Israel.

16From all over the world

songs of praise are heard

for the God of justice.+

But I feel awful,

terribly miserable.

Can anyone be trusted?

So many are treacherous!

There's No Escape

17Terror, traps, and pits

are waiting for everyone.

18If you are terrified and run,

you will fall into a pit;

if you crawl out of the pit,

you will get caught in a trap.

The sky has split apart

like a window thrown open.

The foundations of the earth

have been shaken;

19the earth is shattered,

ripped to pieces.

20It staggers and shakes

like a drunkard

or a hut in a windstorm.

It is burdened down with sin;

the earth will fall,

never again to get up.

21On that day the Lord

will punish the powers

in the heavens+

and the kings of the earth.

22He will put them in a pit

and keep them prisoner.

Then later on,

he will punish them.

23Both the moon and sun will

be embarrassed and ashamed.

The Lord All-Powerful will rule

on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,

where he will show its rulers

his wonderful glory.


24.4 its … to nothing: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
24.16 God of justice: Or “people who do right.”
24.21 the powers in the heavens: In ancient times the stars were thought of as powerful spiritual beings, and sometimes they stood for pagan gods.

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