Isaiah 5
New Heart English Bible
1He dug it up, gathered out its stones, planted it with the choicest vine, built a tower in its midst, and also cut out a winepress in it. He looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

2"Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, please judge between me and my vineyard.

3What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Why, when I looked for it to yield grapes, did it yield wild grapes?

4Now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will take away its hedge, and it will be eaten up. I will break down its wall of it, and it will be trampled down.

5I will lay it a wasteland. It won't be pruned nor hoed, but it will grow briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it."

6For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for justice, but, look, oppression; for righteousness, but, look, a cry of distress.

7Woe to those who join house to house, who lay field to field, until there is no room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land.

8In my ears, the LORD of hosts says: "Surely many houses will be desolate, even great and beautiful, unoccupied.

9For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield an ephah."

10Woe to those who rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; who stay late into the night, until wine inflames them.

11The harp, lyre, tambourine, and flute, with wine, are at their feasts; but they do not regard the work of the LORD, neither have they considered the operation of his hands.

12Therefore my people go into captivity for lack of knowledge. Their honorable men are famished, and their multitudes are parched with thirst.

13Therefore Sheol has enlarged its desire, and opened its mouth without measure; and their glory, their multitude, their pomp, and he who rejoices among them, descend into it.

14So man is brought low, humankind is humbled, and the eyes of the arrogant ones are humbled;

15but the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and God the Holy One is sanctified in righteousness.

16Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, and kids will eat the ruins of the rich.

17Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and wickedness as with cart rope;

18Who say, "Let him make speed, let him hasten his work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it."

19Woe 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.

20Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.

21Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink;

22who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent.

23Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

24Therefore the LORD's anger burns against his people, and he has stretched out his hand against them, and has struck them. The mountains tremble, and their dead bodies are as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this, his anger is not turned away, but his hand is still stretched out.

25He will lift up a banner to the nations from far, and he will whistle for them from the far regions of the earth. Look, they will come speedily and swiftly.

26None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the belt of their waist be untied, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

27whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent. Their horses' hoofs will be like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.

28Their roaring will be like a lioness. They will roar like young lions. Yes, they shall roar, and seize their prey and carry it off, and there will be no one to deliver.

29They will roar against them in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land look, darkness and distress. The light is darkened in its clouds.

30In the year that king Uzziah died, I also saw the LORD sitting on a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2021

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