1Look! Adonai is stripping
and destroying the land,
turning it upside down
and scattering its inhabitants —
2cohen and commoner, slave and master,
maid and mistress, buyer and seller,
lender and borrower, creditor and debtor.
3The land will be completely stripped,
for Adonai has spoken this word.
4The land fades and withers,
the world wilts and withers,
the exalted of the land languish.
5The land lies defiled under its inhabitants;
because they have transgressed the teachings,
changed the law
and broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore a curse is devouring the land,
and its inhabitants are punished for their guilt.
It is why those living there waste away,
and the people left are few.
7The new wine fails, the vines wilt,
all the revelers sigh,
8the happy sound of tambourines ceases,
the shouts of merrymakers are stilled,
the joy of the lyre ends.
9They no longer sing as they drink their wine,
strong liquor tastes bitter to those drinking it.
10The city of chaos is shattered,
every house closed up; no one can enter.
11In the streets they are crying over the wine;
all joy has faded, cheer has left the land.
12In the city, only desolation,
its gates are battered beyond repair.
13Around the earth, among the peoples,
it will be as when beating an olive tree,
as when gleaning the grapes at the end of the harvest.
14They lift their voices, singing for joy,
shouting from the west to honor Adonai.
15So in the east, honor Adonai ;
in the coastlands, honor the name of Adonai,
the God of Isra’el.
16From the farthest part of the earth
we have heard them sing,
“Glory to the Righteous One!”
But, I say, I’m wasting away,
I am wasting away!
Woe to me! Traitors betray!
Oh, how the traitors betray and betray!
17Terror, pit and trap are upon you,
you who are living on earth.
18He who flees at the sound of terror
will fall into the pit.
He who climbs up out of the pit
will be caught in the trap.
For the windows above have been opened,
and the earth’s foundations shake.
19The earth cracks and breaks open,
the earth crumbles to pieces,
the earth trembles and totters.
20The earth staggers to and fro like a drunk,
sways back and forth like a watchman’s shelter;
its transgression weighs heavy upon it;
it will fall and not rise again.
21When that day comes, Adonai will punish
the armies of the high heaven on high,
and the kings of the earth here on earth.
22They will be assembled like prisoners in a dungeon
and shut up in prison to be punished many years.
23Then the moon will be confused and the sun ashamed,
for Adonai-Tzva’ot will rule on Mount Tziyon
and in Yerushalayim,
with his glory manifest to the rulers of his people.