|1||Let me sing for my beloved |
a love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
|The song of the vineyard.|
|2||He digged it and cleared it of stones, |
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.
|3||And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, |
judge, I ask you, between me and my vineyard.
|4||What more was there to do for my vineyard, |
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
|5||And now I will tell you 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.
|6||I will make it a waste; |
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.
|7||For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel, |
and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness, but behold, a cry!
|8||Woe to those who join house to house, |
who add field to field,
until there is no more room,
and you are made to dwell alone
in the midst of the land.
|The evil that men do!|
|9||Yahweh of hosts has sworn in my hearing: |
"Surely many houses shall be desolate,
large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
|10||For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath, |
and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah."
|11||Woe to those who rise early in the morning, |
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening
till wine inflames them!
|12||They have lyre and harp, |
timbrel and flute and wine at their feasts;
but they do not regard the deeds of Yahweh,
or see the work of his hands.
|13||Therefore my people go into exile for want of knowledge; |
their honoured men are dying of hunger,
and their multitude is parched with thirst.
|14||Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite |
and opened its mouth beyond measure,
and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude go down,
her throng and he who exults in her.
|15||Man is bowed down, |
and men are brought low,
and the eyes of the haughty are humbled.
|16||But Yahweh of hosts is exalted in justice, |
and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
|17||Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture, |
fatlings and kids shall feed among the ruins.
|18||Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, |
who draw sin as with cart ropes,
|19||who say: "Let him make haste, |
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!"
|20||Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, |
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
|21||Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, |
and shrewd in their own sight!
|22||Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, |
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
|23||who acquit the guilty for a bribe, |
and deprive the innocent of his right!
|24||Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, |
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 Yahweh of hosts,
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
|25||Therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against his people, |
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.
|26||He will raise a signal for a nation afar off, |
and whistle for it from the ends of the earth;
and lo, swiftly, speedily it comes!
|27||None is weary, |
none slumbers or sleeps,
not a waistcloth is loose,
not a sandal-thong broken;
|28||their arrows are sharp, |
all their bows bent,
their horses' hoofs seem like flint,
and their wheels like the whirlwind.
|29||Their roaring is like a lion, |
like young lions they roar;
they growl and seize their prey,
they carry it off,
and none can rescue.
|30||They will growl over it on that day, |
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.
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