Under the parable of a vineyard God excuseth his severe judgment.
Isaiah 5:1 Let me sing, I pray you, for a well-beloved of mine, The song of my beloved, concerning his vineyard:A vineyard, had my well-beloved, on a very fruitful hill; Isaiah 5:2 And he thoroughly digged it, And gathered out the stones thereof, And planted it with a precious vine, And built a tower in the midst thereof, Moreover also, a wine-press, hewed he therein,Then waited he, that it should bring forth grapes. And it brought forth wild, grapes: Isaiah 5:3 Now, therefore, O inhabitant of Jerusalem, And men of Judah,Judge, I pray you, betwixt me, and my vineyard: Isaiah 5:4 What could have been done further, to my vineyard, That I had not done in it? Why thenWhen I had waited that it should bring forth grapes, Brought it forth wild, grapes? Isaiah 5:5 Now, therefore, I pray you, let me tell, you, what I, am about to do to my vineyard,To take away the fence thereof, And it shall be eaten up, To destroy the wall thereof, And it shall be trodden down; Isaiah 5:6 And I will make it a waste;It shall be neither pruned nor hoed, But there shall come up briars and thorns,And, upon the clouds, will I lay a charge, That they rain thereon no rain. Isaiah 5:7 Surely, the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts, is the house of Israel, And, the men of Judah, are the plantation in which he dearly delighted,And he waited, For, equity, but lo! murderous iniquity, For the rule of right, but lo! the cry of the wronged.
His judgments upon covetousness,
Isaiah 5:8 Alas! for them who join house to house, Field to field, bring they near,Until there is no room, But ye are left to dwell alone, in the midst of the land. Isaiah 5:9 In mine ears, [said] Yahweh of hosts,Verily, houses in abundance, shall become, a desolation, Large and fair, without inhabitant; Isaiah 5:10 For, ten yokes of vineyard, shall yield, one bath,And, the seed of a homer, shall yield an ephah.
Isaiah 5:11 Alas, for them who rise early in the morning that, strong drink, they may pursue,Who follow on in the evening cool, [until], with wine, they are heated; Isaiah 5:12 And it cometh to passthat lyre and harp, timbrel and flute, and wine, are in their banquets,But, the doing of Yahweh, they do not discern, And, the work of his hands, have they not seen.
Isaiah 5:13 Therefore, are my people taken away captive, before they know it,And, their honourable men, are famished with hunger, And, their multitude, do gape for thirst. Isaiah 5:14 Therefore, hath hades enlarged, her desire, And opened her mouth to its widest,And their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that is uproarious, shall descend, thereinto. Isaiah 5:15 And the mean man hath been bowed down, And the mighty man hath been humbled,Yea, the looks of the haughty, shall be humbled. Isaiah 5:16 But Yahweh of hosts, hath been exalted, in justice,And, the GOD that is holy, hath been hallowed in righteousness; Isaiah 5:17 Then shall the young rams feed, where they please,And, the wastes of the wealthy, shall strangers consume. Isaiah 5:18 Alas! for them, Who draw on themselves punishment, with cords of falsehood,And, as with waggon-bands, penalty: Isaiah 5:19 Who sayLet his work quickenlet it hasten, That we may see,And let the purpose of Israel's Holy One, draw near and come, That we may know!
and upon injustice.
Isaiah 5:20 Alas! for them, 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. Isaiah 5:21 Alas! for them, Who are wise in their own eyes,And, in their own sight, are prudent. Isaiah 5:22 Alas! for them, Who are heroes, to drink wine,And men of valour, to mingle strong drink, Isaiah 5:23 Who justify the lawless, for a bribe,Whereas, the righteousness of the righteous, they take from him. Isaiah 5:24 Therefore, As a tongue of fire, eateth up straw, And a flame reduceth, dry grass, to powder, Their root, like rottenness, shall become, And, their blossom, like dust, shall ascend,Because they refused the law of Yahweh of hosts, And, the utterance of the Holy One of Israel, they despised. Isaiah 5:25 For this cause, did the anger of Yahweh kindle, upon, his own people, And he stretched out his hand against them and smote themSo that the mountains, trembled, And, their dead bodies, served, for fuel, in the midst of the streets. For all this, hath his anger, not turned back, But, still, is his hand outstretched,
The executioners of God's judgments.
Isaiah 5:26 Therefore will he lift up an ensign to the nations afar off, And signal for him from the end of the earth,And lo! with hot haste, will he come: Isaiah 5:27 None shall be weary, and none shall stumble in his midst, He shall neither slumber nor sleep,Nor shall be loosened, the girdle of his loins, Nor snapped, the thong of his sandals: Isaiah 5:28 Whose arrows, are sharpened, and, all his bows, bent,The hoofs of his horses, like flint, are accounted, And, his wheels, [are] like a storm-wind: Isaiah 5:29 A roar, hath he, like a lioness,He will roar like wild lionsAnd will growl, and lay hold on prey, and carry into safety, and there be none, to deliver. Isaiah 5:30 Yea he will growl at him, in that day, like the growling of the sea,Though he look hard for the land, lo! the darkness of distress, Yea, the light, hath grown dark in its clouds!