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the uttermost part [kanaph] of the earth ['erets] have
we heard [shama`] songs [zamiyr], even glory [tsabiy] to the
righteous [tsaddiyq]. But I said ['amar], My leanness [raziy], my
leanness [raziy], woe ['owy] unto me! the treacherous dealers [bagad] have dealt treacherously [bagad]; yea, the treacherous dealers [bagad] have dealt very [beged]
treacherously [bagad]. KJV-Interlinear
16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to
the Righteous One. But I say, “I waste away, I waste away. Woe is me! For the
traitors have betrayed, with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.” ESV
Leanness and leanness and treachery and treacherousness, betray and betrayal, deceit and deception, are all wrapped up in this verse.
Whereas Isaiah speaks of the songs of worship, songs that will occur throughout the entire world, it will not be so until after the Lord has judged the entire world and has destroyed all evil which has led to all of the deceit and treachery and betrayal resulting in the leanness of the population of humanity.
There is not one nation, not one empire, throughout history, that has had the best interests of its citizens at heart.
The nature of man, is evil. You cannot look to one group or class or culture or segment and lay the blame on them. All of humanity is at fault.
When leadership seeks to deceive, then those being deceived are so deceived for a reason, namely they did not desire to learn to discern, but instead preferred the deceptions believing that they were getting something for nothing.
The deceivers are at fault. Those who are deceived are at fault.
Morality and integrity are thrown out the window and the lusts of treachery rule.
The end result, is the leanness of humanity. Any and all theft from truth, results in the starvation of humanity. And unhindered starvation always ends up in death.
That is the nature of and the picture of human history.
The treachery will continue from generation to generation, from nation to nation, until it all collapses in what will eventually become the last and final age of history, the Tribulation.
And it will be in that seven year period that the magnitude of human treachery, which is repeated here in this verse, will be demonstrated for all of history to witness.
Today and in every generation, various peoples have been blamed for the ills of life. But not so.
It is the rejection of, and the indifference toward, Jesus Christ and truth, which will be the real culprit.
And the end result will be Gods judgment. And that final judgment will be thorough and complete.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.