New International Version
23 I looked at the earth,
and it was formless and empty;(A)
and at the heavens,
and their light(B) was gone.
24 I looked at the mountains,
and they were quaking;(C)
all the hills were swaying.
25 I looked, and there were no people;
every bird in the sky had flown away.(D)
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;(E)
all its towns lay in ruins(F)
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.(G)
27 This is what the Lord says:
“The whole land will be ruined,(H)
though I will not destroy(I) it completely.
28 Therefore the earth will mourn(J)
and the heavens above grow dark,(K)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(L)
I have decided and will not turn back.(M)”