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Isaiah 24 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

The Lord Will Destroy the Earth

24 The Lord is going to completely destroy everything on earth.
    He will twist its surface.
    He’ll scatter those who live on it.
Priests and people alike will suffer.
    So will masters and their servants.
    And so will women and their female servants.
Sellers and buyers alike will suffer.
    So will those who borrow and those who lend.
    And so will those who owe money and those who lend it.
The earth will be completely destroyed.
    Everything of value will be taken out of it.
That’s what the Lord has said.

The earth will dry up completely.
    The world will dry up and waste away.
    The heavens will fade away along with the earth.
The earth is polluted by its people.
    They haven’t obeyed the laws of the Lord.
They haven’t done what he told them to do.
    They’ve broken the covenant that will last forever.
So the Lord will send a curse on the earth.
    Its people will pay for what they’ve done.
They will be burned up.
    Very few of them will be left.
The vines and fresh wine will dry up completely.
    Those who used to have a good time will groan.
The happy sounds of tambourines will be gone.
    The noise of those who enjoy wild parties will stop.
    The joyful music of harps will become silent.
People will no longer sing as they drink wine.
    Beer will taste bitter to those who drink it.
10 Destroyed cities will lie empty.
    People will lock themselves inside their houses.
11 In the streets people will cry out for wine.
    All joy will turn into sadness.
    All joyful sounds will be driven out of the earth.
12 All the buildings will be knocked down.
    Every city gate will be smashed to pieces.
13 That’s how it will be on the earth.
    And that’s how it will be among the nations.
It will be as when workers knock all but a few olives off the trees.
    It will be like a vine that has only a few grapes left after the harvest.

14 Those who are left alive will shout for joy.
    People from the west will praise the Lord because he is the King.
15 So give glory to him, you who live in the east.
    Honor the name of the Lord, you who are in the islands of the sea.
    He is the God of Israel.
16 From one end of the earth to the other we hear singing.
    People are saying,
    “Give glory to the God who always does what is right.”

But I said, “I feel very bad.
    I’m getting weaker and weaker.
    How terrible it is for me!
People turn against one another.
    They can’t be trusted.
    So they turn against one another.”
17 Listen, you people of the earth.
    Terror, a pit and a trap are waiting for you.
18 Anyone who runs away from the terror
    will fall into the pit.
Anyone who climbs out of the pit
    will be caught in the trap.

The Lord will open the windows of the skies.
    He will flood the land.
    The foundations of the earth will shake.
19 The earth will be broken up.
    It will split open.
    It will be shaken to pieces.
20 The earth will be unsteady like someone who is drunk.
    It will sway like a tent in the wind.
Its sin will weigh so heavily on it that it will fall.
    It will never get up again.

21 At that time the Lord will punish
    the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens above.
    He will also punish the kings on the earth below.
22 They will be brought together
    like prisoners in chains.
They’ll be locked up in prison.
    After many days the Lord will punish them.
23 The Lord who rules over all will rule
    on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
The elders of the city will be there.
    They will see his great glory.
His rule will be so glorious that the sun and moon
    will be too ashamed to shine.

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Isaiah 24 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth

24 See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth
    and devastate it;
he will ruin its face
    and scatter its inhabitants—
it will be the same
    for priest as for people,
    for the master as for his servant,
    for the mistress as for her servant,
    for seller as for buyer,
    for borrower as for lender,
    for debtor as for creditor.
The earth will be completely laid waste
    and totally plundered.
The Lord has spoken this word.

The earth dries up and withers,
    the world languishes and withers,
    the heavens languish with the earth.
The earth is defiled by its people;
    they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
    and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
    its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,
    and very few are left.
The new wine dries up and the vine withers;
    all the merrymakers groan.
The joyful timbrels are stilled,
    the noise of the revelers has stopped,
    the joyful harp is silent.
No longer do they drink wine with a song;
    the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
10 The ruined city lies desolate;
    the entrance to every house is barred.
11 In the streets they cry out for wine;
    all joy turns to gloom,
    all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.
12 The city is left in ruins,
    its gate is battered to pieces.
13 So will it be on the earth
    and among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
    or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.

14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
    from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;
    exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel,
    in the islands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing:
    “Glory to the Righteous One.”

But I said, “I waste away, I waste away!
    Woe to me!
The treacherous betray!
    With treachery the treacherous betray!
17 Terror and pit and snare await you,
    people of the earth.
18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror
    will fall into a pit;
whoever climbs out of the pit
    will be caught in a snare.

The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
    the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up,
    the earth is split asunder,
    the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
    it sways like a hut in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
    that it falls—never to rise again.

21 In that day the Lord will punish
    the powers in the heavens above
    and the kings on the earth below.
22 They will be herded together
    like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison
    and be punished[a] after many days.
23 The moon will be dismayed,
    the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
    on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
    and before its elders—with great glory.


  1. Isaiah 24:22 Or released
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