Isaiah 5

The Vineyard of the Lord Destroyed

1 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
A song of my Beloved a regarding His vineyard:
My Well-beloved has a vineyard
1 On a very fruitful hill.
2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones,
And planted it with the choicest vine.
He built a tower in its midst,
And also 2 made a winepress in it;
b So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,
But it brought forth wild grapes.

3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
c Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.
4 What more could have been done to My vineyard
That I have not done in d it?
Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes,
Did it bring forth wild grapes?

5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard:
e I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned;
And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6 I will lay it f waste;
It shall not be pruned or 3 dug,
But there shall come up briers and g thorns.
I will also command the clouds
That they rain no rain on it."

7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,
And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
For righteousness, but behold, 4 a cry for help.

Woe to the Wicked

8 Woe to those who 5 join h house to house;
They add field to field,
Till there is no place
Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
9 i In my hearing the LORD of hosts said,
"Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one j bath, 6
And a homer of seed shall yield one 7 ephah."

11 k Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
That they may 8 follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
12 l The harp and the strings,
The tambourine and flute,
And wine are in their feasts;
But m they do not regard the work of the LORD,
Nor consider the operation of His hands.

13 n Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no o knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
And opened its mouth beyond measure;
Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
15 People shall be brought down,
p Each man shall be humbled,
And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be q exalted in judgment,
And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
17 Then the lambs shall feed in their pasture,
And in the waste places of r the 9 fat ones strangers shall eat.

18 Woe to those who 10 draw iniquity with cords of 11 vanity,
And sin as if with a cart rope;
19 s That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work,
That we may see it;
And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
That we may know it."
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are t wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
23 Who u justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!

24 Therefore, v as the 12 fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So w their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 x Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people;
He has stretched out His hand against them
And stricken them,
And y the hills trembled.
Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.
z For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

26 a He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
And will b whistle to them from c the end of the earth;
Surely d they shall come with speed, swiftly.
27 No one will be weary or stumble among them,
No one will slumber or sleep;
Nor e will the belt on their loins be loosed,
Nor the strap of their sandals be broken;
28 f Whose arrows are sharp,
And all their bows bent;
Their horses' hooves will 13 seem like flint,
And their wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Their roaring will be like a lion,
They will roar like young lions;
Yes, they will roar
And lay hold of the prey;
They will carry it away safely,
And no one will deliver.
30 In that day they will roar against them
Like the roaring of the sea.
And if one g looks to the land,
Behold, darkness and 14 sorrow;
And the light is darkened by the clouds.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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