Under the parable of a vineyard God excuseth his severe judgment.
Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my welbeloued, a song of my beloued touching his vineyard: my wellbeloued hath a vineyard in a very fruitfull hill. Isaiah 5:2 And hee fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a towre in the middest of it, and also made a winepresse therein: and he looked that it should bring foorth grapes, and it brought foorth wilde grapes. Isaiah 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Ierusalem, and men of Iudah, Iudge, I pray you, betwixt me and my Uineyard. Isaiah 5:4 What could haue beene done more to my Uineyard, that I haue not done in it? Wherefore when I looked that it should bring foorth grapes, brought it foorth wilde grapes? Isaiah 5:5 And now goe to; I will tell you what I will doe to my Uineyard, I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten vp; [and] breake downe the wall thereof, and it shall be troden downe. Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned, nor digged, but there shall come vp briars and thornes: I will also command the cloudes, that they raine no raine vpon it. Isaiah 5:7 For the Uineyard of the LORD of hostes [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Iudah his pleasant plant: and he looked for iudgement, but beholde oppression; for righteousnesse, but behold a crie.
His judgments upon covetousness,
Isaiah 5:8 Woe vnto them that ioyne house to house, that lay field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth. Isaiah 5:9 In mine eares [said] the LORD of hostes, Of a trueth many houses shall be desolate, [euen] great and faire without inhabitant. Isaiah 5:10 Yea ten acres of vineyard shall yeeld one Bath, and the seed of an Homer shall yeeld an Ephah.
Isaiah 5:11 Woe vnto them that rise vp earely in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink, that continue vntill night, [till] wine enflame them. Isaiah 5:12 And the harpe and the viole, the tabret and pipe, and wine are in their feasts: but they regard not the worke of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captiuitie, because [they haue] no knowledge: and their honourable men [are] famished, aud their multitude dried vp with thirst. Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged her selfe, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pompe, and hee that reioyceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:15 And the meane man shall bee brought downe, and the mightie man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the loftie shall be humbled. Isaiah 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shalbe exalted in iudgement, and God that is holy, shall bee sanctified in righteousnesse. Isaiah 5:17 Then shall the lambes feed after their maner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eate. Isaiah 5:18 Woe vnto them that draw iniquitie with cords of vanitie, and sinne, as it were with a cart rope: Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speede, [and] hasten his worke, that we may see [it]: and let the counsell of the holy one of Israel draw nigh and come, that wee may know [it].
and upon injustice.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe vnto them that call euill good, and good euill, that put darkenes for light, and light for darkenesse, that put bitter for sweete, and sweete for bitter. Isaiah 5:21 Woe [vnto them that are] wise in their owne eyes, and prudent in their owne sight. Isaiah 5:22 Woe [vnto them that are] mightie to drinke wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drinke. Isaiah 5:23 Which iustifie the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousnes of the righteous from him. Isaiah 5:24 Therfore as the fire deuoureth the stubble, [and] the flame consumeth the chaffe, so their root shall be rottennes, and their blossome shall goe vp as dust: because they haue cast away the Lawe of the LORD of hosts, and despised the worde of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched foorth his hande against them, and hath smitten them: and the hilles did tremble, and their carkeises were torne in the midst of the streets: for all this, his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
The executioners of God's judgments.
Isaiah 5:26 And he will lift vp an ensigne to the nations from farre, and wil hisse vnto them from the end of the earth: and behold, they shall come with speed swiftly. Isaiah 5:27 None shalbe weary, nor stumble amongst them: none shall slumber nor sleepe, neither shall the girdle of their loynes be loosed, nor the latchet of their shooes be broken. Isaiah 5:28 Whose arrowes [are] sharpe, and all their bowes bent, their horses hoofs shall bee counted like flint, and their wheeles like a whirlewind. Isaiah 5:29 Their roaring [shalbe] like a lyon, they shall roare like yong lions: yea they shal roare and lay hold of the pray, and shall carie [it] away safe, and none shall deliuer [it]. Isaiah 5:30 And in that day they shall roare against them, like the roaring of the sea: and if [one] looke vnto the land, behold darkenesse [and] sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heauens therof.