Isaiah 5

Parable of the Vineyard

1Let me sing now for my well-beloved
A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard.
My well-beloved had a a  vineyard on
Lit a horn, the son of fatness
a fertile hill.
2He dug it all around, removed its stones,
And planted it with
Lit a bright red grape
the d  choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it
And also hewed out a
Or wine press
wine vat in it;
Then He f  expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only
Or wild grapes
worthless ones.

3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
h  Judge between Me and My vineyard.
4 i  What more was there to do for My vineyard
Lit and I have not done
that I have not done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce
Or wild grapes
worthless ones?
5So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:
I will l  remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will m  break down its wall and it will become n  trampled ground.
6“I will o  lay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up.
I will also charge the clouds to p  rain no rain on it.”

7For the q  vineyard 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 r  bloodshed;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Woes for the Wicked

8Woe to those who s  add 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!
9In my ears the  Lord of hosts has sworn, “Surely t  many houses shall become u  desolate,
Even great and fine ones, without occupants.
10“For v  ten acres of vineyard will yield only one
I.e. Approx 10 1/2 gal.
bath of wine,
And a x  homer of seed will yield but an
I.e. Approx one bu
ephah of grain.”
11Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue z  strong drink,
Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
12Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and aa  harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they ab  do not pay attention to the deeds of the  Lord,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

13Therefore My people go into exile for their ac  lack of knowledge;
Lit their glory are men of famine
their ae  honorable men are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
14Therefore af  Sheol has enlarged its
Or appetite
throat and opened its mouth without measure;
Lit her
Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
15So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased,
ai  The eyes of the proud also will be abased.
16But the aj   Lord of hosts will be ak  exalted in judgment,
And the holy God will show Himself al  holy in righteousness.
17 am  Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture,
And strangers will eat in the waste places of the
Lit the fat

18Woe to those who drag ao  iniquity with the cords of
Or worthlessness
And sin as if with cart ropes;
19 aq  Who 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!”
20Woe to those who ar  call evil good, and good evil;
Lit set
at  substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Lit set
substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21Woe to those who are av  wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
22 aw  Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 ax  Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And ay  take away the
Lit righteousness
rights of the ones who are in the right!

24Therefore ba  as a tongue of fire consumes stubble
And dry grass collapses into the flame,
So their bb  root will become bc  like rot and their blossom
Lit ascend
blow away as dust;
For they have be  rejected the law of the  Lord of hosts
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25On this account the bf  anger of the  Lord has burned against His people,
And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down.
And the bg  mountains quaked, and their bh  corpses
Lit were
lay like refuse in the middle of the streets.
bj  For all this His anger
Lit has not turned away
is not spent,
But His bl  hand is still stretched out.

26He will also lift up a bm  standard to the
Lit nations; probably Assyria
distant nation,
And will bo  whistle for it bp  from the ends of the earth;
And behold, it will bq  come with speed swiftly.
27 br  No one in it is weary or stumbles,
None slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the bs  belt at its waist undone,
Nor its sandal strap broken.
Lit Which, its arrows
bu  Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent;
The hoofs of its horses
Lit are regarded as
seem like flint and its chariot bw  wheels like a whirlwind.
29Its bx  roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it by  seizes the prey
And carries it off with bz  no one to deliver it.
30And it will ca  growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one cb  looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

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