So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed; I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned nor hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also command the clouds not to rain on it.'
For the vineyard of the LORD of armies is the house of Israel, And the people of Judah are His delightful plant. So He waited for justice, but behold, there was
bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
Woe to those who attach house to house and
join field to field, Until there is no more room, And you alone are a landowner in the midst of the land!
In my ears the LORD of armies has sworn,
'Many houses shall certainly become desolate, Even
great and fine ones, without occupants.
For ten acres of vineyard will yield only
one bath of wine,
And a homer of seed will yield only
an ephah of grain.'
Woe to those who rise early in the morning so that they may pursue intoxicating drink, Who stay up late in the evening so that wine may inflame them!
Their banquets are accompanied by
lyre and harp, by
tambourine and flute, and by
wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their nobles are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.
Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth beyond measure; And Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her noise of revelry,
and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
So the common
people will be humbled and the
person of importance
brought low, The eyes of the haughty also will be brought low.