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1 Let me sing now for my well-beloved
A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard.
And He built a tower in the middle of it
And also hewed out a 2wine vat in it;
Then He bexpected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only 3worthless ones.
aJudge between Me and My vineyard.
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce 2worthless ones?
I will aremove its hedge and it will be consumed;
6 “I will alay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up.
I will also charge the clouds to brain no rain on it.”
7 For the avineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant.
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bbloodshed;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.
8 Woe to those who aadd house to house and join field to field,
Until there is no more room,
So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
Even great and fine ones, without occupants.
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue astrong drink,
Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and aharp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they bdo not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
13 Therefore My people go into exile for their alack of knowledge;
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
And 2Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
aThe eyes of the proud also will be abased.
And the holy God will show Himself choly in righteousness.
17 aThen the lambs will graze as in their pasture,
And strangers will eat in the waste places of the 1wealthy.
And sin as if with cart ropes;
19 aWho say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it;
And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near
And come to pass, that we may know it!”
20 Woe to those who acall evil good, and good evil;
Who 1substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are awise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
22 aWoe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 aWho justify the wicked for a bribe,
24 Therefore, aas a tongue of fire consumes stubble
And dry grass collapses into the flame,
For they have drejected the law of the Lord of hosts
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 On this account the aanger of the Lord has burned against His people,
And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down.
But His ehand is still stretched out.
And behold, it will dcome with speed swiftly.
27 aNo one in it is weary or stumbles,
None slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the bbelt at its waist undone,
Nor its sandal strap broken.
29 Its aroaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it bseizes the prey
And carries it off with cno one to deliver it.
30 And it will agrowl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one blooks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.
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