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    and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants.
For they have transgressed laws;
    they have passed by statutes;[a]
    they have broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and the inhabitants in it suffer for their guilt.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth burn,
    and few men are left.[b]
The new wine dries up;
    the vine languishes.
All the merry of heart sigh;

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  1. Isaiah 24:5 Hebrew “statute”
  2. Isaiah 24:6 Literally “he is left a man of smallness”

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