Old Testament

Isaiah 24
The Lord Will Judge the Earth
241Watch, the Lord is going to strip the earth bare and make it desolate.
He will wring it out and scatter its inhabitants.
2It will be the same for people and priest,
for servant and master,
for servant girl and lady,
for buyer and seller,
for lender and borrower,
for creditor and debtor.
3The earth will be stripped bare, totally plundered,
for the Lord has spoken this word.
4The earth mourns and withers.
The world fades and withers away.
The proud people of the earth fade away.
5The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,
because they have bypassed the laws.
They have changed the statutes
and set aside the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and those who live there will be found guilty.
That is why the inhabitants of the earth will be burned up,
and so few will remain.
7The new wine mourns.
The vine dries up.
Those who were feeling merry now sigh.
8The happy sound of drums has ceased.
The noise of partying has ended.
The joyful lyre is silent.
9They will drink no wine with their songs anymore.
Beer[] is bitter to those who drink it.
10The city is in chaos and ruins.
Every house is closed up,
and no one can get in.
11They cry for wine in the streets,
but all festive joy is gone.
Joyful celebration is banished from the land.
12The city is left desolate,
and the gate is smashed into pieces.
13This is the way it will be among the peoples on earth:
It will be like an olive tree after it has been picked over,
like the gleanings left after the grape harvest.
14They raise their voices and sing for joy.
From the west[] they shout for the majesty of the Lord.
15Therefore, in the east[] glorify the Lord.
In the coastlands of the sea, glorify the name of the Lord,
the God of Israel!
16We hear songs from the ends of the earth:
Glory to the Righteous One!
But I said, “I am wasting away! I am wasting away! Woe is me!”
The treacherous deal treacherously.
Yes, the treacherous deal very treacherously.
17Panic, pit, and peril[] await all who live on the earth.
18Whoever flees from the noise of terror will fall into the pit.
Whoever crawls out of the pit will be caught in the trap.
The windows[] in the sky have opened,
and the foundations of the earth quake.
19The earth is broken to pieces.
The earth is tearing itself apart.
The earth is shaking violently.
20The earth staggers like a drunken man.
It shakes like a shack in a windstorm.
The burden of its rebellion is so heavy
that it will fall, unable to rise again.
21On that day the Lord will deal with the army on high
and with the kings of the earth below.
22They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit.
They will be locked up in prison,
and after many days they will be dealt with.
23Then the bright moon will be ashamed,
and the hot sun will be embarrassed,
for the Lord of Armies will reign on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
and his glory will shine in the presence of his elders.


  • 24:9 Beer refers to any fermented drink not made from grapes. Distilled alcohol was not used in biblical times.
  • 24:14 Literally sea
  • 24:15 Literally among the lights
  • 24:17 The Hebrew words pahad, pahat, and pah sound similar and are used for poetic effect. A bit of literalness is sacrificed to retain the effect; pah is more literally trap.
  • 24:18 Or floodgates