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Isaiah 5 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Parable of the Vineyard

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:1 - Let me sing now for my beloved
A song of my beloved about His vineyard.
My beloved had a vineyard on [fn]a fertile hill.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:2 - He dug it all around, cleared it of stones,
And planted it with [fn]the choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it,
And also carved out a [fn]wine vat in it;
Then He expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only [fn]worthless ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:3 - “And now, you inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah,
Judge between Me and My vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:4 - “What more was there to do for My vineyard [fn]that I have not done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce [fn]worthless ones?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:5 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:6 - “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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:7 - 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.

Woes for the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:8 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:9 - In my ears the LORD of armies has sworn, “Many houses shall certainly become desolate,
Even great and fine ones, without occupants.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:10 - “For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one [fn]bath of wine,
And a [fn]homer of seed will yield only an [fn]ephah of grain.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:11 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:13 - Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
And their [fn]nobles are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:14 - Therefore Sheol has enlarged its [fn]throat and opened its mouth beyond measure;
And [fn]Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her noise of revelry, and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:15 - So the common people will be humbled and the person of importance brought low,
The eyes of the haughty also will be brought low.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:16 - But the LORD of armies will be exalted in judgment,
And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:17 - Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture,
And strangers will eat in the ruins of the [fn]wealthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:18 - Woe to those who drag wrongdoing with the cords of [fn]deceit,
And sin as if with cart ropes;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:19 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:20 - Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [fn]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [fn]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:21 - Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And [fn]clever in their own sight!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:22 - Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine,
And valiant men in mixing intoxicating drink,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:23 - Who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe,
And take away the [fn]rights of the ones who are in the right!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:24 - 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 [fn]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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:25 - 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 [fn]lay like refuse in the middle of the streets.
Despite all this, His anger [fn]is not spent,
But His hand is still stretched out.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:26 - He will also lift up a flag to the distant [fn]nation,
And whistle for it from the ends of the earth;
And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:27 - No one in it is tired or stumbles,
No one slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the undergarment at his waist loosened,
Nor his sandal strap broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:28 - [fn]Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent;
The hoofs of its horses [fn]seem like flint, and its chariot wheels like a storm wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:29 - Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it seizes the prey
And carries it off with no one to save it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:30 - And it will roar against it on that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one looks across to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit horn, a son of fatness
Lit a bright red grape
Or wine press
Or unripe
Lit and I have not done
Or unripe
About 6 gallons or 23 liters
About 7.7 cubic feet or 0.22 cubit meters or more
About 1 cubic foot or 0.03 cubic meters
Lit glory is men of famine
Or appetite
Lit her
Lit fat
Or worthlessness
Lit set
Lit set
Lit discerning
Lit justice
Lit ascend
Lit were
Lit has not turned away
Lit nations; prob. Assyria
Lit Which, its arrows
Lit are regarded as

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