Isaiah 5:1–7

The Song of the Vineyard

5 I will sing for the one I love

a song about his vineyard:r

My loved one had a vineyard

on a fertile hillside.

He dug it up and cleared it of stones

and planted it with the choicest vines.s

He built a watchtowert in it

and cut out a winepressu as well.

Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,

but it yielded only bad fruit.v

“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,

judge between me and my vineyard.w

What more could have been done for my vineyard

than I have done for it?x

When I looked for good grapes,

why did it yield only bad?y

Now I will tell you

what I am going to do to my vineyard:

I will take away its hedge,

and it will be destroyed;z

I will break down its wall,a

and it will be trampled.b

I will make it a wasteland,c

neither pruned nor cultivated,

and briers and thornsd will grow there.

I will command the clouds

not to raine on it.”

The vineyardf of the Lord Almighty

is the nation of Israel,

and the people of Judah

are the vines he delighted in.

And he looked for justice,g but saw bloodshed;

for righteousness,h but heard cries of distress.i

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