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a love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
and men of Judah,
judge, I pray you, between me
and my vineyard.
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice,
but behold, bloodshed;
but behold, a cry!
who add field to field,
until there is no more room,
and you are made to dwell alone
in the midst of the land.
“Surely many houses shall be desolate,
large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.”
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening
till wine inflames them!
timbrel and flute and wine at their feasts;
but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord,
or see the work of his hands.
their honored men are dying of hunger,
and their multitude is parched with thirst.
and opened its mouth beyond measure,
and the nobility of Jerusalemf and her multitude go down,
her throng and he who exults in her.
and the eyes of the haughty are humbled.
and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
fatlings and kidsg shall feed among the ruins.
who draw sin as with cart ropes,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near,
and let it come, that we may know it!”
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
and shrewd in their own sight!
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
and deprive the innocent of his right!
and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will be as rottenness,
and their blossom go up like dust;
for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
and he stretched out his hand against them and smote them,
and the mountains quaked;
and their corpses were as refuse
in the midst of the streets.
For all this his anger is not turned away
and his hand is stretched out still.
and whistle for it from the ends of the earth;
and lo, swiftly, speedily it comes!
none slumbers or sleeps,
not a waistcloth is loose,
not a sandal-thong broken;
all their bows bent,
their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,
and their wheels like the whirlwind.
like young lions they roar;
they growl and seize their prey,
like the roaring of the sea.
And if one look to the land,
behold, darkness and distress;
and the light is darkened by its clouds.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
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