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.
But the LORD of armies will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the ruins of the wealthy.
Woe to those who drag wrongdoing with the cords of deceit, And sin as if with cart ropes;
Who say, 'Let Him hurry, let Him do His work quickly, so that we may see it;
And let the plan of the Holy One of Israel approach And come to pass, so that we may know it!
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, And valiant men in mixing intoxicating drink,
Who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble, And dry grass collapses in the flame, So their root will become like rot, and their blossom blow away like dust; For they have rejected the Law of the LORD of armies, And discarded the word of the Holy One of Israel.
For this reason the anger of the LORD has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them. And the mountains quaked, and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, His anger is not spent, But His hand is still stretched out.