Isaiah Chapter 5 |
1Let me sing for my beloved
A song of my lover about his vineyard.
My beloved had a vineyard
On a fruitful hill.
2He broke the ground, cleared it of stones,
And planted it with choice vines.
He built a watchtower inside it,
He even hewed a wine press in it;
For he hoped it would yield grapes.
Instead, it yielded wild grapes.
Dwellers of Jerusalem
And men of Judah,
You be the judges
Between Me and My vineyard:
4What more could have been done for My vineyard
That I failed to do in it?
Why, when I hoped it would yield grapes,
Did it yield wild grapes?
5“Now I am going to tell you
What I will do to My vineyard:
I will remove its hedge,
That it may be ravaged;
I will break down its wall,
That it may be trampled.
6And I will make it a desolation;
It shall not be pruned or hoed,
And it shall be overgrown with briers and thistles.
And I will command the clouds
To drop no rain on it.”
7For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts
Is the House of Israel,
And the seedlings he lovingly tended
Are the men of Judah.
And He hoped for justice,
But behold, injustice;
But behold, iniquity!
Those who add house to house
And join field to field,
Till there is room for none but you
To dwell in the land!
9In my hearing [said] the Lord of Hosts:
Surely, great houses
Shall lie forlorn,
Spacious and splendid ones
10For ten acres of vineyard
Shall yield just one bath,
And a field sown with a homer of seed
Shall yield a mere ephah.
Those who chase liquor
From early in the morning,
And till late in the evening
Are inflamed by wine!
12Who, at their banquets,
Have lyre and lute,
Timbrel, flute, and wine;
But who never give a thought
To the plan of the Lord,
And take no note
Of what He is designing.
My people will suffer exile
For not giving heed,
Its multitude victims of hunger
And its masses parched with thirst.
Sheol has opened wide its gullet
And parted its jaws in a measureless gape;
And down into it shall go,
That splendor and tumult,
That din and revelry.
15Yea, man is bowed,
And mortal brought low;
Brought low is the pride of the haughty.
16And the Lord of Hosts is exalted by judgment,
The Holy God proved holy by retribution.
17Then lambs shall graze
As in their meadows,
And strangers shall feed
On the ruins of the stout.
Those who haul sin with cords of falsehood
And iniquity as with cart ropes!
“Let Him speed, let Him hasten His purpose,
If we are to give thought;
Let the plans of the Holy One of Israel
Be quickly fulfilled,
If we are to give heed.”
Those who call evil good
And good evil;
Who present darkness as light
And light as darkness;
Who present bitter as sweet
And sweet as bitter!
Those who are so wise—
In their own opinion;
In their own judgment!
Those who are so doughty—
As drinkers of wine,
And so valiant—
As mixers of drink!
23Who vindicate him who is in the wrong
In return for a bribe,
And withhold vindication
From him who is in the right.
As straw is consumed by a tongue of fire
And hay shrivels as it burns,
Their stock shall become like rot,
And their buds shall blow away like dust.
For they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of Hosts,
Spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25That is why
The Lord’s anger was roused
Against His people,
Why He stretched out His arm against it
And struck it,
So that the mountains quaked,
And its corpses lay
Like refuse in the streets.
Yet his anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.
26He will raise an ensign to a nation afar,
Whistle to one at the end of the earth.
There it comes with lightning speed!
27In its ranks, none is weary or stumbles,
They never sleep or slumber;
The belts on their waists do not come loose,
Nor do the thongs of their sandals break.
28Their arrows are sharpened,
And all their bows are drawn.
Their horses’ hoofs are like flint,
Their chariot wheels like the whirlwind.
29Their roaring is like a lion’s,
They roar like the great beasts;
When they growl and seize a prey,
They carry it off and none can recover it.
30But in that day, a roaring shall resound over him like that of the sea; and then he shall look below and, behold,
Distressing darkness, with light;
Darkness, in its lowering clouds.