Isaiah 5
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Song of the Vineyard

1I will sing about the one I love,

a song about my loved one’s vineyard:a

The one I love had a vineyard

on a very fertile hill.

2He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones,

and planted it with the finest vines.b

He built a tower in the middle of it

and even dug out a winepress there.

He expectedc it to yield good grapes,

but it yielded worthless grapes.d

3So now, residents of Jerusalem

and men of Judah,

please judge between Me

and My vineyard.

4What more could I have done for My vineyard

than I did?e

Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes,

did it yield worthless grapes?

5Now I will tell you

what I am about to do to My vineyard:

I will remove its hedge,f

and it will be consumed;

I will tear down its wall,g

and it will be trampled.

6I will make it a wasteland.h

It will not be pruned or weeded;

thorns and briers will grow up.i

I will also give orders to the clouds

that rain should not fall on it.

7For the vineyard of the LORD of Hosts

is the house of Israel,j

and the menk of Judah,

the plant He delighted in.

He looked for justice

but saw injustice,

for righteousness,

but heard cries of wretchedness.

Judah’s Sins Denounced

8Woe to those who add house to housel

and join field to field

until there is no more room

and you alone are left in the land.

9I heard the LORD of Hosts say:

Indeed, many housesm will become desolate,

grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.

10For a ten-acren vineyard will yield

only six gallons,o

and 10 bushelsp of seed will yield

only one bushel.q

11Woe to those who rise early in the morning

in pursuit of beer,r

who linger into the evening,

inflamed by wine.

12At their feasts they have lyre, harp,

tambourine, flute, and wine.

They do not perceive the LORD’s actions,s

and they do not see the work of His hands.t

13Therefore My people will go into exile

because they lack knowledge;u

herv dignitaries are starving,

and herw masses are parched with thirst.

14Therefore Sheol enlarges its throat

and opens wide its enormous jaws,x

and down go Zion’s dignitaries, her masses,

her crowds, and those who carouse in her!

15Humanity is brought low, man is humbled,

and haughty eyes are humbled.y

16But the LORD of Hosts is exalted by His justice,z

and the holy Godaa is distinguished by righteousness.ab

17Lambs will graze

as if inac their own pastures,ad

and strangersae will eat

among the ruins of the rich.

18Woe to those who drag wickedness

with cords of deceitaf

and pull sin along with cart ropes,

19to those who say:

Let Him hurry up and do His work quickly

so that we can see it!

Let the planag of the Holy One of Israelah take place

so that we can know it! ”

20Woe to those who call evil good

and good evil,ai

who substitute darkness for light

and light for darkness,

who substitute bitter for sweet

and sweet for bitter.

21Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion

and clever in their own sight.aj, ak

22Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,

who are fearless at mixing beer,al

23who acquit the guilty for a bribeam

and deprive the innocent of justice.

24Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes straw

and as dry grass shrivels in the flame,

so their roots will become like something rotten

and their blossoms will blow away like dust,

for they have rejectedan

the instruction of the LORD of Hosts,

and they have despised

the word of the Holy One of

25Therefore the LORD’s anger burnsap against His people.

He raised His hand against them and struck them;

the mountains quaked,aq

and their corpses were like garbage in the streets.

In all this, His anger is not removed,

and His hand is still raised to

26He raises a signal flag for the distant nationsas

and whistlesat for them from the ends of the earth.

Look — how quickly and swiftly they come!

27None of them grows weary or stumbles;au

no one slumbers or sleeps.

No belt is loose

and no sandal strap broken.

28Their arrows are sharpened,

and all their bows strung.

Their horses’ hooves are like flint;

their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.

29Their roaring is like a lion’s;av

they roar like young lions;aw

they growl and seize their prey

and carry it off,

and no one can rescue it.

30On that day they will roar over it,

like the roaring of the sea.

When one looks at the land,

there will be darkness and distress;

light will be obscured by

a. 5:1 Ps 80:8; Jr12:10; Mt 21:33; Lk 20:9
b. 5:2 Jr 2:21
c. 5:2 Is 40:31
d. 5:2 Mt 21:19; Mk 11:13; Lk 13:6
e. 5:4 Mc 6:3-4; Mt 23:37
f. 5:5 Ps 89:40; Jr 5:10
g. 5:5 Ps 80:12
h. 5:6 2Ch 36:19-21; Is 7:19-25; 24:1,3; 27:2-6; Jr 25:11
i. 5:6 Gn 3:18; Is 7:23-25; 9:18; 10:17; 27:4; 32:13
j. 5:7 Ps 80:8-11
k. 5:7 Lit man
l. 5:8 Jr 22:13-17; Mc 2:2; Hab 2:9-12
m. 5:9 Am 3:10,15
n. 5:10 Lit ten-yoke
o. 5:10 Lit one bath
p. 5:10 Lit one homer
q. 5:10 Lit one&dprbrk; ephah
r. 5:11 Lv 10:9; Nm 6:3; Dt 29:6; Jdg 13:4; Is 5:22; 24:9; 28:7; 56:12
s. 5:12 Dt 32:4; Jb 34:27; 36:24; Ps 28:5; 44:1; 64:9-10
t. 5:12 Ex 32:16; 34:10; Ps 8:3,6; 19:1; 92:4-5; Is 10:12; 29:23
u. 5:13 Is 1:3; 27:11; Hs 4:6; Lk 11:52; 19:42; 1Tm 1:13
v. 5:13 Lit its
w. 5:13 Lit its
x. 5:14 Pr 30:16; Hab 2:5
y. 5:15 Is 2:9,11,17; 10:33
z. 5:16 Is 33:5,10
aa. 5:16 Is 6:3
ab. 5:16 Is 8:13; 29:23; 1Pt 3:15
ac. 5:17 Syr reads graze in
ad. 5:17 Mc 2:12
ae. 5:17 LXX reads sheep
af. 5:18 Pr 5:22; Is 59:4-8; Jr 23:10-14
ag. 5:19 Jb 38:2; 42:3; Ps 33:11; 106:13; 107:11; Pr 19:21; Is 14:26; 19:17; 46:10-11
ah. 5:19 Is 1:4
ai. 5:20 Pr 17:15; Am 5:7; Mal 2:17
aj. 5:21 Lit clever before their face
ak. 5:21 Pr 3:7; Rm 12:16; 1Co 3:18
al. 5:22 Is 5:11
am. 5:23 Ex 23:8; Pr 17:15; Is 1:23; 33:15
an. 5:24 Is 8:6; 30:9,12; Am 2:4; Ac 13:41
ao. 5:24 Is 5:19; Jr 51:5
ap. 5:25 Nm 11:10,33; 32:10-13; Dt 6:15; Jos 7:1; 23:16; 2Kg 13:3; Ps 106:40
aq. 5:25 Am 1:1; Zch 14:5
ar. 5:25 Is 9:12,17,21; 10:4; 14:27
as. 5:26 Is 10:5; 11:10,12; 13:2; 18:3
at. 5:26 Is 7:18; Zch 10:8
au. 5:27 1Jn 2:10
av. 5:29 Jdg 14:5; Hs 13:8; Jl 1:6; Nah 2:12-13
aw. 5:29 Rv 9:17
ax. 5:30 Lit its clouds
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