Song of the Vineyard
5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my
beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a
vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof,
and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in
the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he
looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought
forth wild grapes.
5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah,
judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I
have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should
bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my
vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall
be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall
be trodden down:
5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor
digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will
also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of
Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he
looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for
righteousness, but behold a cry.
Woes and Judgments
5:8 Woe unto them that join 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!
5:9 In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many
houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without
5:10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and
the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that
they may follow strong drink; that continue until night,
till wine inflame them!
5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and
wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of
the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because
they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are
famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her
mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude,
and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into
5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty
man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be
5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
5:17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the
waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
and sin as it were with a cart rope:
5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work,
that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of
Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put
bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and
prudent in their own sight!
5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men
of strength to mingle strong drink:
5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him!
5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the
flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as
rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because
they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and
despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his
people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them,
and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their
carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this
his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out
5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far,
and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and,
behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
5:27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall
slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins
be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
5:28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their
horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels
like a whirlwind:
5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar
like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the
prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver
5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the
roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold
darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the