THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 24 ©
A prophecy concerning the destruction of the land of the Jews, verses 1, 6, etc. Which would happen to all alike, 2. The reason why, 5. The remnant shall extol and praise God, 13. An exhortation to thanksgiving for it, 15. The prophet speaks again of the destruction of the people of the Jews for their wickedness, 16, etc. He speaks also again of God’s grace and mercy towards them, 21. The glory of our Lord Jesus Christ in His church, 23.
BEHOLD, the LORD maketh 1the earth 2empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth 3it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
And it shall be, 4as with the people, so with the 5priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; asa with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
6The land shall be 7utterly emptied, and 8utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away, 9the world 10languisheth and 11fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do 12languish.
The earth also is defiled 13under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed 14the ordinance, broken 15the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath 16the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are 17burned,b and 18few men left.
The new wine 19mourneth, the vine 20languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.21
22The mirthc of tabrets 23ceaseth, 24the noise of them that rejoice endeth, 25the joy of the harp 26ceaseth.
They shall not drink wine 27withd a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
28The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, 29that no man may come in.
There is a crying 30for wine in the streets; all joy 31is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
¶When thus it 32shall be in the midst of the land 33among the people, there shall be 34ase the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintagef is done.
35They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for 36the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud 37from the sea.
Wherefore glorify ye the LORD 38in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
¶ 39From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the 40righteous. 41But I said, 42My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
43Fear,g and the pit, and 44the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
And it shall come to pass, that 45he who fleeth 46from the noise of the fear shallh fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of 47the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the 48windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
The earth is 49utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
50The earth shall reel to and fro likei a drunkard, and shall be removed likej51a cottage; and 52the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and 53not rise again.
And it shall come to pass 54in that day, that the LORD shall 55punish the host 56of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
And they 57shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and 58after many days shall they be 59visited.
Thenk the 60moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign 61in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and 62before his ancients 63gloriously.