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1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

2 And 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.

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore 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.

7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

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

13 When 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.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth 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 shake.

19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

20 The 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.

21 And 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.

22 And 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.

23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Commentary for Isaiah 24

The desolation of the land. (1-12) A few shall be preserved. (13-15) God's kingdom advanced by his judgments. (16-23)1-12 All whose treasures and happiness are laid up on earth, will soon be brought to want and misery. It is good to apply to ourselves what the Scripture says of the vanity and vexation of spirit which attend all things here below. Sin has turned the earth upside down; the earth is become quite different to man, from what it was when God first made it to be his habitation. It is, at the best, like a flower, which withers in the hands of those that please themselves with it, and lay it in their bosoms. The world we live in is a world of disappointment, a vale of tears; the children of men in it are but of few days, and full of trouble, See the power of God's curse, how it makes all empty, and lays waste all ranks and conditions. Sin brings these calamities upon the earth; it is polluted by the sins of men, therefore it is made desolate by God's judgments. Carnal joy will soon be at end, and the end of it is heaviness. God has many ways to imbitter wine and strong drink to those who love them; distemper of body, anguish of mind, and the ruin of the estate, will make strong drink bitter, and the delights of sense tasteless. Let men learn to mourn for sin, and rejoice in God; then no man, no event, can take their joy from them.

13-15 There shall be a remnant preserved from the general ruin, and it shall be a devout and pious remnant. These few are dispersed; like the gleanings of the olive tree, hid under the leaves. The Lord knows those that are his; the world does not. When the mirth of carnal worldlings ceases, the joy of the saints is as lively as ever, because the covenant of grace, the fountain of their comforts, and the foundation of their hopes, never fails. Those who rejoice in the Lord can rejoice in tribulation, and by faith may triumph when all about them are in tears. They encourage their fellow-sufferers to do likewise, even those who are in the furnace of affliction. Or, in the valleys, low, dark, miry places. In every fire, even the hottest, in every place, even the remotest, let us keep up our good thoughts of God. If none of these trials move us, then we glorify the Lord in the fires.

16-23 Believers may be driven into the uttermost parts of the earth; but they are singing, not sighing. Here is terror to sinners; the prophet laments the miseries he saw breaking in like a torrent; and the small number of believers. He foresees that sin would abound. The meaning is plain, that evil pursues sinners. Unsteady, uncertain are all these things. Worldly men think to dwell in the earth as in a palace, as in a castle; but it shall be removed like a cottage, like a lodge put up for the night. It shall fall and not rise again; but there shall be new heavens and a new earth, in which shall dwell nothing but righteousness. Sin is a burden to the whole creation; it is a heavy burden, under which it groans now, and will sink at last. The high ones, that are puffed up with their grandeur, that think themselves out of the reach of danger, God will visit for their pride and cruelty. Let us judge nothing before the time, though some shall be visited. None in this world should be secure, though their condition be ever so prosperous; nor need any despair, though their condition be ever so deplorable. God will be glorified in all this. But the mystery of Providence is not yet finished. The ruin of the Redeemer's enemies must make way for his kingdom, and then the Sun of Righteousness will appear in full glory. Happy are those who take warning by the sentence against others; every impenitent sinner will sink under his transgression, and rise no more, while believers enjoy everlasting bliss.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 24

  • Obbie Beal

    WOW! 2018, we the people (as a whole) has earned the above wrath. 11/ 28/ 2018, and Jehovah has stayed his wrath; so, thank GOD for salvation, prayer, hot breakfast and Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. WOW! WOW! WOW! .
  • BSP
    Verse 5 shows how God views the land as being polluted because the people were not obeying his laws and they were blood guilty. The Israelites had vowed to keep the covenant they willingly made with Jehovah God, but because they broke this promise they were to be removed from the land that God had given them.
  • Word
    This is the Lord Jesus return at the 7th trump. Note verse 2 all are here even them who think they are gone with rapture wings will be with us. But those who didn't bow down to a fake messiah and waited for the true Christ will be protected from what takes place on earth to the heathens at the end.
  • Sharon Rae
    I think we should take note of this chapter now, not some time in the future. That may be too late, though I do see some passages in Revelation that must be fulfilled before the Lord 's return. The recent quake in Nepal reminds me of another quake in India about three decades ago that left me stunned and seeking God in prayer. When I opened my Bible to that morning 's reading my husband and I read the Bible after meals , it was to the passage that reads, "The earth shall grow old as a garment... and many thousands shall die. " Then, it was as if God had answered my question, "Why? " If this was so in the 1980 's, where are we in time now?
  • John Wolff
    I noticed something interesting about chapter 24, verse 1. If the earfth is turned upside down as indicated in this verse, what would happen to the magnetic field surrounding the earth? Would this not create a suddden Polar Shift, resulting in sev ere Climatic Changes and people seeking to find warmer ares to live in and constant worldwide earthquakes because of the massive shifting of the earth 's tectonic plates which sounds very much like what Jesus describes in Matthew as conditions at his second advent.
  • Dominic S. Chibilika/Zambia
    And 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. And they shall be gathered together, as the prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. " This will be during the 6 plague of Revelation 16 where both religious and earthly kings will gather at a place called Amagadone to fight finally fight God 's accusing them of God 's wrath on them. It at that time Christ will come to destroy them with his glory at his coming. In REVELATION 20. we are told that these sinners will be died and the voice will be void and disolet as all nature will be destroyed by the wrath of God at Christ 's coming only Satan will be alive with his angels to dicieve no one on earth hence "bound " for a thousand years after that period, Christ will come agani with the saved ones in New Jerusalem. Then the dead sinners will rise and join Satan to see Christ befoere they will be fanally be destroyed eternally by fire as the the second death.After the death of sinners New Jerusalem will be on earth eternally in paradise by saints who will be back from heaven. Rev elation 20,21,22, Isaiah 24 17 23.
  • DIRIBA BULGU for verse 1
    Thank you for your comentary the next time I want to stady bibile
  • Isaiah 24, reveals people are on earth....but where do we surmize it is during the tribulation of 1000 years. The land is desolate is also Babylon.

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Where does Isaiah say the Lord will reign in the End Times?
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