Isaiah 24

The Apocalypse of Isaiah


"See how the Lord lays the earth waste,

makes it a desert, buckles its surface,

scatters its inhabitants,

priest and people alike, master and slave,

mistress and main, seller and buyer,

lender and borrower, creditor and debtor.

Ravaged, ravaged the earth,

despoiled, despoiled,

as the Lord has said.


The earth is mourning, withering,

the world is pining, withering,

the heavens are pining away with the earth.

The earth is defiled

under its inhabitants' feet,

for they have transgressed the law, violated the precept,

broken the everlasting covenant.

So a curse consumes the earth

and its inhabitants suffer the penalty

­that is why the inhabitants of the earth are burnt up

and few men are left.


The vine is mourning, the vine is pining away,

all glad hearts are sighing.

The merry tamourines are silent,

the sound of revelling is over,

the merry lyre is silent.

They no longer sing over their wine,

the drunkard finds strong drink revolting.

The city of emptiness is in ruins,

the entrance to evry home is shut.

There is lamentation in the streets: no wine,

joy quite gone,

gladness banished from the country.

Nothing but rubble in the city.

the gate smashed to pieces;

and so it will be on earth, among the peoples,

as at the beating of the olive trees,

as at the gleaning of the grapes

when the grape harvest is over.


They lift up their voices, singing for joy;

they acclaim the majesty of the Lord from the sea.

Therefore in the islands they give glory to the Lord,

in the islands of the sea, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

From remotest earth we hear songs, 'Honor to the upright one'.

But 'Enough, enough!'I say.

Woe to the traitors who betray,

to the traitors who treacherously betray!

Terror, the pit, the snare for you, inhabitants of the earth:

the man who runs away at the cry of terror

shall fall into the pit,

and the man who climbs out of the pit

shall be caught in the snare.


Yes, the sluicegates above will open,

and the foundations of hte earth will rock,

The earth will split into fragments,

the earth will be riven and rent.

The earth will shiver and shake,

the earth will stagger like a drunkard,

sway like a shanty;

so heavey will be its sin on it, it will fall

never to rise again.


That day, the Lord will punish

above, the armies of the sky,

below, the kings of the earth;

they will be herded together,

shut up in a dungeon,

confined in a prison

and, after long years, punished.


the moon will hide her face,

the sun be ashamed,

for the Lord God almighty will be king

on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem,

and his glory will shine in the presence of his elders."





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