Let me singnow for my well-beloved A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. My well-belovedhad a 1vineyard on aa fertilehill.
He dug it all around, removed its stones, And planted it with bthe 2choicestvine. And He built a tower in the middle of it And alsohewed out a cwinevat in it; Then He 3expected it to produce good grapes, But it produced only dworthlessones.
"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, 4Judgebetween Me and My vineyard.
"5Whatmore was there to do for My vineyardethat I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it producefworthlessones ?
"So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard : I will 6remove its hedge and it will be consumed ; I will 7breakdown its wall and it will become8trampledground.
"I will 9lay it waste ; It will not be pruned or hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to 10rainnorain on it."
For the 11vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightfulplant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, 12bloodshed ; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.
8Woe to those who 13addhouse to house and joinfield to field, Until there is nomoreroom, So that you have to livealone in the midst of the land !
In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely , 14manyhouses shall become15desolate, Even great and fineones, withoutoccupants.
"For 16tenacres of vineyard will yield only onegbath of wine, And a 17homer of seed will yield but an hephah of grain."
11Woe to those who riseearly in the morning that they may pursue18strongdrink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and 19harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine ; But they 20do not payattention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
13Therefore My peoplego into exile for their 21lack of knowledge ; And itheir 22honorablemen are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.
14Therefore23Sheol has enlarged its jthroat and opened its mouthwithoutmeasure ; And kJerusalem's splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased, 24The eyes of the proud also will be abased.
But the 25LORD of hosts will be 26exalted in judgment, And the holyGod will show Himself 27holy in righteousness.
1728Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the wasteplaces of the lwealthy.
18Woe to those who drag29iniquity with the cords of mfalsehood, And sin as if with cartropes ;
1930Who say, "Let Him makespeed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the HolyOne of Israeldrawnear And come to pass, that we may know it!"
20Woe to those who 31callevilgood, and goodevil ; Who n32substitutedarkness for light and light for darkness ; Who osubstitutebitter for sweet and sweet for bitter !
21Woe to those who are 33wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight !
2234Woe to those who are heroes in drinkingwine And valiantmen in mixingstrongdrink,
2335Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And 36takeaway the prights of the ones who are in the right !
24Therefore, 37as a tongue of fireconsumesstubble And drygrasscollapses into the flame, So their 38root will become39like rot and their blossomqblowaway as dust ; For they have 40rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the HolyOne of Israel.
On thisaccount the 41anger of the LORD has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His handagainst them and struck them down. And the 42mountainsquaked, and their 43corpsesrlay like refuse in the middle of the streets. 44For allthis His angersis not spent, But His 45hand is stillstretched out.
He will also lift up a 46standard to the tdistantnation, And will 47whistle for it 48from the ends of the earth ; And behold, it will 49come with speedswiftly.
2750Noone in it is weary or stumbles, Noneslumbers or sleeps ; Nor is the 51belt at its waistundone, Nor its sandalstrapbroken.
28u52Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent ; The hoofs of its horsesvseem like flint and its chariot 53wheels like a whirlwind.
Its 54roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like younglions ; It growls as it 55seizes the prey And carries it off with 56noone to deliver it.
And it will 57growlover it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one 58looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress ; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.