Bible: Isa 5:1-11

A Love Song Gone Sour

5:1 I 1  will sing to my love

a song to my lover about his vineyard. 2 

My love had a vineyard

on a fertile hill. 3 

5:2 He built a hedge around it, 4  removed its stones,

and planted a vine.

He built a tower in the middle of it,

and constructed a winepress.

He waited for it to produce edible grapes,

but it produced sour ones instead. 5 

5:3 So now, residents of Jerusalem, 6 

people 7  of Judah,

you decide between me and my vineyard!

5:4 What more can I do for my vineyard

beyond what I have already done?

When I waited for it to produce edible grapes,

why did it produce sour ones instead?

5:5 Now I will inform you

what I am about to do to my vineyard:

I will remove its hedge and turn it into pasture, 8 

I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there. 9 

5:6 I will make it a wasteland;

no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 10 

and thorns and briers will grow there.

I will order the clouds

not to drop any rain on it.

5:7 Indeed 11  Israel 12  is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies,

the people 13  of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight.

He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 14 

He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 15 

Disaster is Coming

5:8 Those who accumulate houses are as good as dead, 16 

those who also accumulate landed property 17 

until there is no land left, 18 

and you are the only landowners remaining within the land. 19 

5:9 The Lord who commands armies told me this: 20 

“Many houses will certainly become desolate,

large, impressive houses will have no one living in them. 21 

5:10 Indeed, a large vineyard 22  will produce just a few gallons, 23 

and enough seed to yield several bushels 24  will produce less than a bushel.” 25 

5:11 Those who get up early to drink beer are as good as dead, 26 

those who keep drinking long after dark

until they are intoxicated with wine. 27 

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