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.