I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard:1 My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines.2 He built a watchtower3 in it and cut out a winepress4 as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.53
"Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.64
What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?7 When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?85
Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed;9 I will break down its wall,10 and it will be trampled.116
I will make it a wasteland,12 neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns13 will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain14 on it."
The vineyard15 of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice,16 but saw bloodshed; for righteousness,17 but heard cries of distress.18
Woe19 to you who add house to house and join field to field20 till no space is left and you live alone in the land.
The LORD Almighty21 has declared in my hearing:22 "Surely the great houses will become desolate,23 the fine mansions left without occupants.
A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a batha of wine, a homerb of seed only an ephahc of grain."2411
Woe25 to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.2612
They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes27 and timbrels28 and wine, but they have no regard29 for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands.3013
Therefore my people will go into exile31 for lack of understanding;32 those of high rank33 will die of hunger and the common people will be parched with thirst.3414
Therefore the grave35 enlarges its appetite and opens wide its mouth;36 into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.3715
So people will be brought low38 and everyone humbled,39 the eyes of the arrogant40 humbled.
But the LORD Almighty will be exalted41 by his justice,42 and the holy God will be proved holy43 by his righteous acts.
Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture;44 lambs will feedd among the ruins of the rich.
Woe45 to those who draw sin along with cords46 of deceit, and wickedness47 as with cart ropes,
to those who say, "Let God hurry; let him hasten48 his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One49 of Israel-- let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it."5020
Woe51 to those who call evil good52 and good evil,53 who put darkness for light and light for darkness,54 who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.5521
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes56 and clever in their own sight.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine57 and champions at mixing drinks,5823
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,59 but deny justice60 to the innocent.6124
Therefore, as tongues of fire62 lick up straw63 and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay64 and their flowers blow away like dust;65 for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word66 of the Holy One67 of Israel.
Therefore the LORD's anger68 burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake,69 and the dead bodies70 are like refuse71 in the streets.72 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,73 his hand is still upraised.7426
He lifts up a banner75 for the distant nations, he whistles76 for those at the ends of the earth.77 Here they come, swiftly and speedily!
Not one of them grows tired78 or stumbles, not one slumbers or sleeps; not a belt79 is loosened at the waist,80 not a sandal thong is broken.8128
Their arrows are sharp,82 all their bows83 are strung; their horses' hooves84 seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.8529
Their roar is like that of the lion,86 they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize87 their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue.8830
In that day89 they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea.90 And if one looks at the land, there is only darkness91 and distress;92 even the sun will be darkened93 by clouds.