Isaiah 5 ©
1 Under the parable of a vineyard God justifieth the severity of his dealings with his people: 8 his judgments upon their covetousness; 11 riot, and disregard of him; 18 profaneness; 20 perverseness, selfconceit, excess, and injustice. 26 The executioners of God's judgments.
NOW awill I sing to my bwellbeloved a song of my beloved ctouching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard 1in a very fruitful hill:
dAnd he 2fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also 3made a winepress therein: and he elooked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth fwild grapes.
hWhat could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: iI will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be 4trodden down:
jAnd I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
For kthe vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah 5his pleasant plant: and lhe looked for judgment, but behold 6oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
¶Woe unto them mthat join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that 7they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
8In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, 9Of a truth many houses nshall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.
Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one obath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
qAnd the harp, and the *viol, the *tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they rregard not the work of the LORD, neither consider sthe operation of his hands.
Then xshall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the yfat ones shall zstrangers eat.
That say, bLet him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it : and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it !
¶Woe unto them 14that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
eWhich justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as 16the fire devoureth the stubble, and fthe flame consumeth the chaff, so gtheir root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast haway the law of the LORD of hosts, and idespised the word of jthe Holy One of Israel.
kTherefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and lthe hills did tremble, and their carcases were 17torn in the midst of the streets. For mall this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
qWhose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
And sin that day they shall roar against them tlike the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, ubehold darkness and 18sorrow, and 19the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.