Isaiah 5

Parable of the Vineyard

1 Let me sing now for my well-beloved A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. My well-beloved had a 1vineyard on a fertile * hill.
2 He dug it all around, removed its stones, And planted it with the 2choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it And also hewed out a wine vat in it; Then He 3expected it to produce good grapes, But it produced only worthless ones.
3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, 4Judge between Me and My vineyard.
4 "5What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?
5 "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 7break down its wall and it will become 8trampled ground.
6 "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 10rain no rain on it."
7 For the 11vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, 12bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Woes for the Wicked

8 Woe to those who 13add house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
9 In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely *, 14many houses shall become 15desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants.
10 "For 16ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine, And a 17homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain."
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue 18strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and 19harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they 20do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
13 Therefore My people go into exile for their 21lack of knowledge; And their 22honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.
14 Therefore 23Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; And Jerusalem's splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
15 So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased, 24The eyes of the proud also will be abased.
16 But the 25LORD of hosts will be 26exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself 27holy in righteousness.
17 28Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy.
18 Woe to those who drag 29iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes;
19 30Who say, "Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!"
20 Woe to those who 31call evil good, and good evil; Who 32substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are 33wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight *!
22 34Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 35Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And 36take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
24 Therefore, 37as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their 38root will become 39like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have 40rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 On this account the 41anger of the LORD has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down. And the 42mountains quaked, and their 43corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets. 44For all this His anger is not spent, But His 45hand is still stretched out.
26 He will also lift up a 46standard to the distant nation, And will 47whistle for it 48from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will 49come with speed swiftly.
27 50No one in it is weary or stumbles, None slumbers or sleeps; Nor is the 51belt at its waist undone, Nor its sandal strap broken.
28 52Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent; The hoofs of its horses seem like flint and its chariot 53wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Its 54roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; It growls as it 55seizes the prey And carries it off with 56no one to deliver it.
30 And it will 57growl over 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.
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