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Geneva Bible (1599): Isaiah 24

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1 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth emptie, and hee maketh it waste: hee turneth it vpside downe, and scattereth abrode the inhabitants thereof.

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2 And there shalbe like people, like Priest, and like seruaunt, like master, like maide, like mistresse, like bier, like seller, like lender, like borower, like giuer, like taker to vsurie.

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3 The earth shalbe cleane emptied, and vtterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this worde.

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4 The earth lamenteth and fadeth away: the world is feeble and decaied: the proude people of the earth are weakened.

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5 The earth also deceiueth, because of the inhabitantes thereof: for they transgressed the lawes: they changed the ordinances, and brake the euerlasting couenant.

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6 Therefore hath the curse deuoured the earth, and the inhabitantes thereof are desolate. Wherefore the inhabitants of the land are burned vp, and fewe men are left.

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7 The wine faileth, the vine hath no might: all that were of merie heart, doe mourne.

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8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth: the noyse of them that reioyce, endeth: the ioye of the harpe ceaseth.

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9 They shall not drinke wine with mirth: strong drinke shall be bitter to them that drinke it.

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10 The citie of vanitie is broken downe: euery house is shut vp, that no man may come in.

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11 There is a crying for wine in the streetes: al ioy is darkened: the mirth of the world is gone away.

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12 In the citie is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

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13 Surely thus shall it bee in the middes of the earth, among the people, as the shaking of an oliue tree, and as the grapes when the vintage is ended.

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14 They shall lift vp their voyce: they shall shout for the magnificence of the Lord: they shall reioyce from the sea.

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15 Wherefore praise yee the Lord in the valleis, euen the Name of the Lord God of Israel, in the yles of the sea.

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16 From the vttermost part of the earth wee haue heard praises, euen glory to the iust, and I sayd, My leanesse, my leanesse, woe is mee: the transgressours haue offended: yea, the transgressours haue grieuously offended.

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17 Feare, and the pitte, and the snare are vpon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

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18 And hee that fleeth from the noyse of the feare, shall fall into the pit: and he that commeth vp out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for the windowes from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth doe shake.

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19 The earth is vtterly broken downe: the earth is cleane dissolued: the earth is mooued exceedingly.

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20 The earth shall reele to and from like a drunken man, and shall be remooued like a tent, and the iniquitie thereof shall be heauie vpon it: so that it shall fall, and rise no more.

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21 And in that day shall the Lord visite the hoste aboue that is on hie, euen the Kinges of the world that are vpon the earth.

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22 And they shall be gathered together, as the prisoners in the pit: and they shall be shut vp in the prison, and after many daies shall they be visited.

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23 Then the moone shall be abashed, and the sunne ashamed, when the Lord of hostes shall reigne in mount Zion and in Ierusalem: and glory shalbe before his ancient men.

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