The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 24:1–6

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Behold, YHWH maketh the earth empty and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

Behold, the Lord is about to lay waste the world, and will make it desolate, and will lay bare the surface of it, and scatter them that dwell therein.

BEHOLD, the LORD shall destroy the earth and lay it waste and turn it upside down and scatter its inhabitants.

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And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

And the people shall be as the priest, and the servant as the lord, and the maid as the mistress; the buyer shall be as the seller, the lender as the borrower, and the debtor as his creditor.

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The earth shall be utterly emptied, and clean despoiled; for YHWH hath spoken this word.

The earth shall be completely laid waste, and the earth shall be utterly spoiled: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken these things.

The earth will be utterly devastated and utterly plundered. For the Lord has spoken this word.

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The earth fainteth and fadeth away, the world faileth and fadeth away, the lofty people of the earth do fail.

The earth mourns, and the world is ruined, the lofty ones of the earth are mourning.

The earth mourned, and slipped away, and languished. The world slipped away; the loftiness of the people of the earth was weakened.

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The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statute, broken the everlasting covenant.

And she has sinned by reason of her inhabitants; because they have transgressed the law, and changed the ordinances, even the everlasting covenant.

And the earth was corrupted by its inhabitants. For they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they have dissipated the everlasting covenant.

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Therefore hath a curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth waste away, and men are left few.

Because of this, a curse will devour the earth, and its inhabitants will sin. And for this reason, its caretakers will become crazed, and few men will be left behind.

Therefore the earth shall sit in mourning, and all its inhabitants shall be condemned; therefore all the inhabitants of the earth shall be destroyed, and a few men shall be left.