ISAIAH 24:4-134 The earth mourns and withers;the world languishes and withers;the highest people of the earth languish. 5 The earth lies defiledunder its inhabitants;for they have transgressed the laws,violated the statutes,broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse devours the earth,and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,and few men are left. 7 The wine mourns,the vine languishes,all the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,the noise of the jubilant has ceased,the mirth of the lyre is stilled. 9 No more do they drink wine with singing;strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10 The wasted city is broken down;every house is shut up so that none can enter. 11 There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;all joy has grown dark;the gladness of the earth is banished. 12 Desolation is left in the city;the gates are battered into ruins. 13 For thus it shall be in the midst of the earthamong the nations,as when an olive tree is beaten,as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
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