Parable of the Vineyard1Let 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 fatnessa fertile hill.
2He dug it all around, removed its stones,
And planted it with ▼
▼ Lit a bright red grapethe d choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it
And also hewed out a ▼
▼ Or wine presswine vat in it;
Then He f expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only ▼
▼ Or wild grapesworthless ones.
3“And 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 donethat I have not done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce ▼
▼ Or wild grapesworthless ones?
5“So 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 Wicked8Woe 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 buephah 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 faminetheir ae honorable men are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
14Therefore af Sheol has enlarged its ▼
▼ Or appetitethroat and opened its mouth without measure;
▼ Lit herJerusalem’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 fatwealthy.
18Woe to those who drag ao iniquity with the cords of ▼
▼ Or worthlessnessfalsehood,
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 setsubstitute 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 righteousnessrights 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 ascendblow 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 werelay like refuse in the middle of the streets.
bj For all this His anger ▼
▼ Lit has not turned awayis not spent,
But His bl hand is still stretched out.
26He will also lift up a bm standard to the ▼
▼ Lit nations; probably Assyriadistant 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 asseem 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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