The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

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.” – Isaiah 24 (KJV)


  1. How do you hide a cow?
    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Eaton Rapids Joe

    “The footnotes in the Bible I was reading said that Isaiah was foretelling that it would not be safe to work the fields and that the population that survived would get substantial amounts of calories from wild bees and the milk of semi-feral cows, goats and sheep.”

    “That caught my attention because I read some accounts of Holodomor survivors. One of the accounts told of a farm family who was somehow able to hide their milch cow. The milk/cream from that one cow provided enough extra calories to keep several families alive.”

  2. 1 Watch, the Lord is going to strip the earth bare and make it desolate.
    He will wring it out and scatter its inhabitants.
    2 It will be the same for people and priest,
    for servant and master,
    for servant girl and lady,
    for buyer and seller,
    for lender and borrower,
    for creditor and debtor.
    3 The earth will be stripped bare, totally plundered,
    for the Lord has spoken this word.
    4 The earth mourns and withers.
    The world fades and withers away.
    The proud people of the earth fade away.
    5 The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,
    because they have bypassed the laws.
    They have changed the statutes
    and set aside the everlasting covenant.
    6 Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and those who live there will be found guilty.
    That is why the inhabitants of the earth will be burned up,
    and so few will remain.
    7 The new wine mourns.
    The vine dries up.
    Those who were feeling merry now sigh.
    8 The happy sound of drums has ceased.
    The noise of partying has ended.
    The joyful lyre is silent.
    9 They will drink no wine with their songs anymore.
    Beer[a] is bitter to those who drink it.
    10 The city is in chaos and ruins.
    Every house is closed up,
    and no one can get in.
    11 They cry for wine in the streets,
    but all festive joy is gone.
    Joyful celebration is banished from the land.
    12 The city is left desolate,
    and the gate is smashed into pieces.
    13 This is the way it will be among the peoples on earth:
    It will be like an olive tree after it has been picked over,
    like the gleanings left after the grape harvest.

    14 They raise their voices and sing for joy.
    From the west[b] they shout for the majesty of the Lord.
    15 Therefore, in the east[c] glorify the Lord.
    In the coastlands of the sea, glorify the name of the Lord,
    the God of Israel!
    16 We hear songs from the ends of the earth:
    Glory to the Righteous One!

    But I said, “I am wasting away! I am wasting away! Woe is me!”
    The treacherous deal treacherously.
    Yes, the treacherous deal very treacherously.

    17 Panic, pit, and peril[d] await all who live on the earth.
    18 Whoever flees from the noise of terror will fall into the pit.
    Whoever crawls out of the pit will be caught in the trap.
    The windows[e] in the sky have opened,
    and the foundations of the earth quake.
    19 The earth is broken to pieces.
    The earth is tearing itself apart.
    The earth is shaking violently.
    20 The earth staggers like a drunken man.
    It shakes like a shack in a windstorm.
    The burden of its rebellion is so heavy
    that it will fall, unable to rise again.

    21 On that day the Lord will deal with the army on high
    and with the kings of the earth below.
    22 They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit.
    They will be locked up in prison,
    and after many days they will be dealt with.
    23 Then the bright moon will be ashamed,
    and the hot sun will be embarrassed,
    for the Lord of Armies will reign on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
    and his glory will shine in the presence of his elders. – Isaiah 24 (EHV)

    [a] Isaiah 24:9 Beer refers to any fermented drink not made from grapes. Distilled alcohol was not used in biblical times.
    [b] Isaiah 24:14 Literally sea
    [c] Isaiah 24:15 Literally among the lights
    [d] Isaiah 24:17 The Hebrew words pahad, pahat, and pah sound similar and are used for poetic effect. A bit of literalness is sacrificed to retain the effect; pah is more literally trap.
    [e] Isaiah 24:18 Or floodgates

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