ALL JOY IS DARKENED
1Behold, the LORD make the earth empty, and make it
waste, and turn it upside down, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2And 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 taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly
spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
4The earth mourn and fade away, the world languish and
fade away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants
thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken
the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they
that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are
burned, and few men left.
7The new wine mourn, the vine languish, all the merry do
8The mirth of tab cease, the noise of them that rejoice
end, the joy of the harp cease.
9They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink
shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10The city of confusion is broken down: every house is
shut up, that no man may come in.
11There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is
darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten
13When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among
the people there shall be as the shaking of an olive
tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
14They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the
majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15Wherefore glorify the LORD in the fires, even the name
of the LORD God of Israel in the isle of the sea.
16From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard
songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, leanness, my leanness, woe unto
me! treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers
have dealt very treacherously.
17Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O
inhabitant of the earth.
18And it shall come to pass, that he who fleet from the
noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the
midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are
open, and the foundations of the earth do
19The earth is utterly broken
down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved
20The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and
shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy
upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD
shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the
earth upon the earth.
22And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are
gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days
shall they be visited.
23Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed,
when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before