Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitfulhill:2
And he fenceda it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forthgrapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.3
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah,judge , I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.4
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forthgrapes, brought it forth wild grapes?5
And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up ; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:6
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned , nor digged ; but there shall come upbriers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasantplant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.8Woe unto them that joinhouse to house, that layfield to field, till there be noplace, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!9
In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truthmanyhouses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant .
10Yea,tenacres of vineyard shall yieldonebath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.11Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wineinflameb them!
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.13
Therefore my people are gone into captivity , because they have no knowledge: and their honourablecmen are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.14
Therefore hell hath enlargedherself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
And the mean man shall be brought down , and the mighty man shall be humbled , and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled :
But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and Godd that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.17
Then shall the lambsfeed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangerseat .
18Woe unto them that drawiniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cartrope:19
That say , Let him make speed , and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come , that we may know it!
20Woe unto them that calleevilgood, and goodevil; that putdarkness for light, and light for darkness; that putbitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!22Woe unto them that are mighty to drinkwine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:23
Which justify the wickedforreward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as the firefdevoureth the stubble, and the flameconsumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.25
Therefore is the anger of the LORDkindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble , and their carcases were torng in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away , but his hand is stretched out still.
And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speedswiftly:27
None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep ; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed , nor the latchet of their shoes be broken :
Whose arrows are sharp , and all their bowsbent , their horses'hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:29
Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar , and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe , and none shall deliver it.
And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow,h and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.