1 Behold, Jehovah empties the land and makes it bare, and distorts its face, and scatters its inhabitants. 2 And as it is with the people, so it shall be with the priest; as with the servant, so with the master; as with the handmaid, so it is 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. 3 The land shall be completely emptied, and utterly stripped; for Jehovah has spoken this Word.
4 The earth mourns and languishes; the world droops and languishes; the proud people of the earth droop. 5 And the land is defiled under its people; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and have broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and they who dwell in it are deserted; therefore the people of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7 The new wine mourns, the vine droops, all the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The gladness of tambourines ceases, the noise of those who rejoice ends; the joy of the harp ceases. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to those who drink it. 10 The city of shame is broken down; every house is shut up so that no one may come in. 11 A crying for wine is in the streets; all joy is darkened, the gladness in the land has gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is stricken with ruin. 13 For so it is in the midst of the land among the people, it shall be like the shaking of an olive tree and as gleanings when the grape harvest is completed.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of Jehovah, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Therefore glorify Jehovah in the flames, the name of the Lord Jehovah of Israel in the coasts of the sea. 16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs, glory to the righteous. But I said, Leanness to me! Leanness to me! Woe to me! Deceivers deceive, even with treachery. Deceivers deceive!
17 Dread, and the pit, and the snare are on you, O dweller of the earth. 18 And it shall be, he who flees from the sound of dread shall fall into the pit. And he who comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare. For the windows from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth quake. 19 The earth is breaking, breaking! The earth is crashing, crashing! The earth is tottering, tottering! 20 Like a drunkard the earth is staggering, staggering! And it rocks to and fro like a tree-hut! And its sins heavy on it; and it shall fall and not rise again.
21 And it shall be in that day, Jehovah shall punish the host of the high place on high, and on the kings of the earth on the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered, as prisoners are gathered in a dungeon. And they shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days they shall be judged. 23 Then the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, when Jehovah of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, in Jerusalem, and gloriously before His elders.