5 The earth also is polluted [a]by its inhabitants, because they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.(A) 6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live on it suffer the punishment of their guilt. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned [under the curse of God’s wrath], and few people are left.(B)
The new wine mourns,
The vine decays;
All the merry-hearted sigh and groan.
- Isaiah 24:5 Lit under.