- Behold, the Lord is about to lay waste the world, and will make it desolate, and will lay bare the surface of it, and scatter them that dwell therein.
- And the people shall be as the priest, and the servant as the lord, and the maid as the mistress; the buyer shall be as the seller, the lender as the borrower, and the debtor as his creditor.
- The earth shall be completely laid waste, and the earth shall be utterly spoiled: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken these things.
- The earth mourns, and the world is ruined, the lofty ones of the earth are mourning.
- And she has sinned by reason of her inhabitants; because they have transgressed the law, and changed the ordinances, even the everlasting covenant.
- Therefore a curse shall consume the earth, because the inhabitants thereof have sinned: therefore the dwellers in the earth shall be poor, and few men shall be left.
- The wine shall mourn, the vine shall mourn, all the merry-hearted shall sigh.
- The mirth of timbrels has ceased, the sound of the harp has ceased.
- They are ashamed, they have not drunk wine; strong drink has become bitter to them that drink it.
- All the city has become desolate: one shall shut his house so that none shall enter.
- There is a howling for the wine everywhere; all the mirth of the land has ceased, all the mirth of the land has departed.
- And cities shall be left desolate, and houses being left shall fall to ruin.
- All this shall be in the land in the midst of the nations, as if one should strip an olive tree, so shall they strip them; but when the vintage is done,
- these shall cry aloud; and they that are left on the land shall rejoice together in the glory of the Lord: the water of the sea shall be troubled.
- Therefore shall the glory of the Lord be in the isles of the sea; the name of the Lord shall be glorious.
- O Lord God of Israel, from the ends of the earth we have heard wonderful things, and there is hope to the godly: but they shall say, Woe to the despisers, that despise the law.
- Fear, and a pit, and a snare, are upon you that dwell on the earth.
- And it shall come to pass, that he that flees from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the pit shall be caught by the snare: for windows have been opened in heaven, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken,
- the earth shall be utterly confounded, and the earth shall be completely perplexed.
- It reels as a drunkard and one oppressed with wine, and the earth shall be shaken as a storehouse of fruits; for iniquity has prevailed upon it, and it shall fall, and shall not be able to rise.
- And God shall bring his hand upon the host of heaven, and upon the kings of the earth.
- And they shall gather the multitude thereof into prisons, and they shall shut them into a strong hold: after many generations they shall be visited.
- And the brick shall decay, and the wall shall fall; for the Lord shall reign [a] from out of Sion, and out of Jerusalem, and shall be glorified before his elders.
[a] Heb. and Alex. ‘in’
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]