Bishops' Bible

Isaiah 24

The doleful judgments of God upon the land.

Isaiah 24:1 Beholde, the Lord maketh the earth waste and emptie, he turneth it vpside downe, and scattereth abrode the inhabitours therof. Isaiah 24:2 And the priest shalbe as the people, and the maister as the seruaunt, the mistresse lyke the mayde, the seller lyke the byer, he that lendeth vpon vsurie, like him that boroweth vpon vsurie, the creditour as the dettour. Isaiah 24:3 The lande shalbe cleane wasted and vtterly spoyled: for so the Lorde hath spoken. Isaiah 24:4 The earth is sory and consumeth away, the worlde is feeble & perisheth, the proude people of the earth are come to naught. Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is become vnprofitable vnder the inhabitours therof, which haue transgressed the lawes, chaunged the ordinaunce, broken the euerlastyng couenaunt. Isaiah 24:6 Therfore hath the curse consumed the earth, and they that dwell therin are fallen into trespasse: Wherfore the inhabitours of the earth are perished with drought, and fewe men are left behinde. Isaiah 24:7 The wine fayleth, the vine hath no myght, all they that haue ben mery of heart are come to mournyng. Isaiah 24:8 The myrth of tabrettes is layde downe, the noyse of such as haue made mery is ceassed, the ioy at the harpe is at an ende. Isaiah 24:9 They shall drynke no more wine with mirth, strong drynke shalbe bytter to them that drinke it. Isaiah 24:10 The citie of vanitie is broken downe, euery house is shut vp, that no man may come in. Isaiah 24:11 In the streetes is there a crying because of wine, all cheare is vanished away, the myrth of the lande is gone. Isaiah 24:12 In the citie is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

A remnant shall joyfully praise him.

Isaiah 24:13 For in the middes of the lande, euen among the people, it shall come to passe as at the shaking of oliues, and as the grapes are when the wine haruest is done. Isaiah 24:14 They shall lift vp their voyce, and make a merie noyse: and in magnifiyng of the Lorde shall they crye out of the west. Isaiah 24:15 Wherefore prayse ye the Lorde in the valleys, euen the name of the Lorde God of Israel in the Iles of the sea.

God in his judgments shall advance his Kingdom.

Isaiah 24:16 From the vttermost part of the earth haue we hearde prayses and myrth, because of the righteous: And I sayde, I knowe a thing in secrete, I knowe a thing in secrete, wo is me: the transgressours haue offended, the transgressours haue greeuously offended. Isaiah 24:17 Fearefulnesse, the pit, and the snare are vpon thee, O thou that dwellest on the earth. Isaiah 24:18 It wyll come to passe, that whosoeuer escapeth the fearefull noyse, shall fall into the pit, and he that commeth vp out of the pit, shalbe taken with the snare: for the windowes from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are moued. Isaiah 24:19 The earth is vtterly broken downe, the earth hath a sore ruine, the earth quaketh exceedingly: Isaiah 24:20 The earth shall reele to and fro like a drunkarde, and shalbe remoued lyke a tent, and the iniquitie thereof shalbe heauie vpon it, it shall fall, and not rise vp agayne. Isaiah 24:21 And in that day shall the Lorde visite the hoast aboue that is on hye, and the kynges of the worlde that are vpon the earth. Isaiah 24:22 And they shalbe gathered together as they that be in pryson, and they shalbe shut vp in warde, and after many dayes shall they be visited. Isaiah 24:23 The moone shalbe abashed, and the sunne ashamed, when the Lorde of hoastes shal raigne in mount Sion and in Hierusalem with worship, and in the sight of suche as shalbe of his counsell.

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