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5Isaiah

1 I will sing for my beloved
my love-song about his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
high up on a fertile hill-side.

The song of the vineyard. Is.5.1-7
2 He trenched it and cleared it of stones
and planted it with red vines;
he built a watch-tower in the middle
and then hewed out a winepress in it.
He looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.

 
3 Now, you who live in Jerusalem,
and you men of Judah,.
judge between me and my vineyard.

 
4 What more could have been done for my vineyard
that I did not do in it?
Why, when I looked for it to yield grapes,
did it yield wild grapes?

 
5 Now listen while I tell you
what I will do to my vineyard:
I will take away its fences and let it be burnt,
I will break down its walls and let it be trampled underfoot,

 
6 and so I will leave it derelict;
it shall be neither pruned nor hoed,
but shall grow thorns and briars.
Then I will command the clouds
to send no more rain upon it.

 
7 The vineyard of the LORD of Hosts is Israel,
and the men of Judah are the plant he cherished.
He looked for justice and found it denied,
for righteousness but heard cries of distress.

 
8 Shame on you! you who add house to house
and join field to field,
until not an acre remains,
and you are left to dwell alone in the land.

The evil that men do! Is.5.8-30
9 The LORD of Hosts has sworn has sworn: prob. rdg, Heb omitted in my hearing:
Many houses shall go to ruin,
?ne large houses shall be uninhabited.

 
10 Five acres of vineyard shall yield only a gallon,
and ten bushels of seed return only a peck.

 
11 Shame on you! you who rise early in the morning
to go in pursuit of liquor
and draw out the evening inflamed with wine,

 
12 at whose feasts there are harp and lute,
tabor and pipe and wine,
who have no eyes for the work of the LORD,
and never see the things that he has done.

 
13 Therefore my people are dwindling away
all unawares;
the nobles are starving to death,
and the common folk die of thirst.

 
14 Therefore Sheol gapes with straining throat
and has opened her measureless jaws:
down go nobility and common people,
their noisy bustling mob nobility ... mob: or nobility, common people and noisy mob, and are restless there.

 
15 Mankind is brought low, men are humbled,
humbled are haughty looks.

 
16 But the LORD of Hosts sits high in judgement,
and by righteousness the holy God shows himself holy.

 
17 Young rams shall feed where fat bullocks once pastured,
and kids shall graze broad acres where cattle grew fat Young ... grew fat: prob. rdg, Heb unintelligible.

 
18 Shame on you! you who drag wickedness along like a tethered sheep
and sin like a heifer on a rope,

 
19 who say, 'Let the LORD make haste,
let him speed up his work for us to see it,
let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel
be soon fulfilled, so that we may know it.'

 
20 Shame on you! you who call evil good and good evil,
who turn darkness into light and light into darkness,
who make bitter sweet and sweet bitter.

 
21 Shame on you! you who are wise in your own eyes
and prudent in your own esteem.

 
22 Shame on you! you mighty topers, valiant mixers of drink,

 
23 who for a bribe acquit the guilty
and deny justice to those in the right.

 
26 vv24-25 transposed to follow 10.4 So he will hoist a signal to a nation far away,
he will whistle to call them from the end of the earth;
and see, they come, speedy and swift;

 
27 none is weary, not one of them stumbles,
not one slumbers or sleeps.
None has his belt loose about his waist
or a broken thong to his sandals.

 
28 Their arrows are sharpened and their bows all strung,
their horses' hooves flash like shooting stars,
their chariot-wheels are like the whirlwind.

 
29 Their growling is the growling of a lioness,
they growl like young lions,
which roar as they seize the prey
and carry it beyond reach of rescue.

 
30 They shall roar over it on that day
like the roaring of the sea.
If a man looks over the earth, behold, darkness closing in,
and the light darkened on the hill-tops hill-tops: or clouds!

 
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