The song of the vineyard
1 Let me sing for my beloved
1 the love song of my beloved
1 about his vineyard.
1 My beloved had a vineyard
1 on a fertile hillside.
2 He dug it up, cleared the stones,
2 and planted the choicest vines.
2 He built there a watchtower
2 and hewed out a winepress as well.
2 Then he looked
2 for a crop of good grapes,
2 but it yielded only wild grapes.
3 Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah,
3 judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more was there to do
4 that I have not done for my vineyard?
4 Good grapes was the yield I expected,
4 why did it yield only sour grapes?
5 Now I will let you know
5 what I am going to do
5 with my vineyard:
5 I will remove its hedge
5 and it will be burned;
5 I will break down its wall
5 and it will be trampled on.
6 I will make it a wasteland,
6 I will neither prune nor hoe it,
6 and briers and thorns will grow there.
6 I command the clouds, as well,
6 not to send rain on it.
7 The vineyard of Yahweh Sabaoth
7 is the people of Israel,
7 and the people of Judah
7 are his pleasant vine.
7 He looked for justice,
7 but found bloodshed;
7 He looked for righteousness
7 but heard cries of distress.
Woe to you rich!
8 Woe to you who join house to house,
8 who add field to field!
8 So no room will remain,
8 with you alone in the land?
9 Yahweh Sabaoth has sworn in my hearing:
9 “Many houses will remain in ruins,
9 beautiful mansions without occupants.
10 Ten acres of vineyard
10 will yield only a barrel of wine;
10 ten bushels of seed,
10 only a bushel of grain.”
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning
11 to run after strong drink,
11 and tarry late in the evening
11 till they are inflamed with wine.
12 They have lyres and harps,
12 timbrels and flutes,
12 and wine at their banquets;
12 but they have no thought for the deeds of the Lord,
12 nor do they see his plans.
13 Thus my people will go into exile
13 for want of understanding,
13 their dignitaries dying of hunger,
13 their masses parched with thirst.
14 Therefore the grave has enlarged its throat
14 and opened its mouth to the full;
14 it swallows the upper crust of Zion,
14 their throngs and their revelry.
15 Man shall be humbled
15 and the mortal fallen,
15 and the eyes of the haughty cast down.
16 But Yahweh Sabaoth will be exalted
16 when he comes in judgment;
16 the sentences of the holy God
16 will reveal his holiness.
16 ( 17 Then will the lambs graze as at pasture,
17 fatlings and kids will browse among the ruins.)
18 Woe to those who haul their wrongs with cords of deceit,
18 to those who pull a cart of sins,
19 to those who say, “Let God hurry,
19 let him speed up his work
19 so that we may see it.
19 Let the plans of the Holy One of Israel
19 draw near and come true,
19 which we are eager to learn about!”
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,
20 who change darkness for light
20 and light for darkness,
20 who give bitter for sweet
20 and sweet for bittter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
21 and take themselves for sages.
22 Woe to those who are champions in mixing drinks
22 and valiant at drinking bouts,
23 but acquit the guilty for a bribe
23 and deprive the innocent of his right.
24 Therefore, as the tongues of fire lick up stubble,
24 as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
24 so their roots will rot,
24 and their flowers be blown away like dust,
24 for they have rejected the law of Yahweh Sabaoth
24 and scorned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the Lord,
25 his wrath burning against his people,
25 raises his hand against them
25 and strikes them down.
25 The mountains quake:
25 the corpses litter the streets.
25 Yet for all this his anger does not subside,
25 his hand is still raised, poised to strike.
26 He gives a signal to nations afar,
26 he whistles to them from the ends of the earth;
26 speedily and swiftly they come.
27 None of them is weary, none stumbles
27 none slumbers or sleeps;
27 not a waist belt is loosened,
27 not a sandal-thong broken.
28 Their arrows are sharp,
28 all their bows are strong:
28 their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,
28 their chariot wheels like the whirlwind.
29 They roar like young lions;
29 they growl as they seize their prey,
29 no one to rescue it as they carry it off.
30 On that day they will roar over these people
30 like the roaring of the sea.
30 Just look at the land –
30 darkness and distress,
30 the light flickering out in shadows,
30 darkened finally by the clouds.