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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.
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
and men of Judah,
and 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.
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.
8 Woe to those who add house to houseg
and join field to field
until there is no more room
and you alone are left in the land.
Indeed, many housesh will become desolate,
grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.
10 For a ten-acreB vineyard will yield
only six gallons of wine,C
and ten bushelsD of seed will yield
only one bushel of grain.E
in pursuit of beer,i
who linger into the evening,
inflamed by wine.
tambourine, flute, and wine.
They do not perceive the Lord’s actions,j
and they do not see the work of his hands.k
because they lack knowledge;l
herF dignitaries are starving,
and her masses are parched with thirst.
and opens wide its enormous jaws,m
and down go Zion’s dignitaries, her masses,
her crowds, and those who celebrate in her!
and haughty eyes are humbled.n
16 But the Lord of Armies is exalted by his justice,o
and resident aliensH will eat
among the ruins of the rich.
with cords of deceits
and pull sin along with cart ropes,
“Let him hurry up and do his work quickly
so that we can see it!
so that we can know it!”
and good evil,v
who substitute darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
who are champions at pouring beer,x
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribey
and deprive the innocent of justice.
so their roots will become like something rotten
and their blossoms will blow away like dust,
for they have rejecteda
the instruction of the Lord of Armies,
and they have despised
the word of the Holy One of Israel.b
25 Therefore the Lord’s anger burnedc against his people.
He raised his hand against them and struck them;
the mountains quaked,d
and their corpses were like garbage in the streets.
In all this, his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is still raised to strike.e
26 He raises a signal flag for the distant nationsf
and whistlesg for them from the ends of the earth.
Look—how quickly and swiftly they come!
27 None of them grows weary or stumbles;h
no one slumbers or sleeps.
No belt is loose
and no sandal strap broken.
and all their bows strung.
Their horses’ hooves are like flint;
their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.
29 Their roaring is like a lion’s;i
they roar like young lions;j
they growl and seize their prey
and carry it off,
and no one can rescue it.
like the roaring of the sea.
When one looks at the land,
there will be darkness and distress;
light will be obscured by clouds.A
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