5 I will sing about the one I love,
a song about my loved one’s vineyard:ai
The one I love had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
2 He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones,
and planted it with the finest vines.aj
He built a tower in the middle of it
and even dug out a winepress there.
He expectedak it to yield good grapes,
but it yielded worthless grapes.al
3 So now, residents of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
and my vineyard.
4 What more could I have done for my vineyard
than I did?a
Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes,
did it yield worthless grapes?
what I am about to do to my vineyard:
I will remove its hedge,b
and it will be consumed;
I will tear down its wall,c
and it will be trampled.
6 I will make it a wasteland.d
It will not be pruned or weeded;
thorns and briers will grow up.e
I will also give orders to the clouds
that rain should not fall on it.
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of Armies
is the house of Israel,f
and the menA of Judah,
the plant he delighted in.
He expected justice
but saw injustice;
he expected righteousness
but heard cries of despair.