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Isaiah 5 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:1 - I will sing to my love - a song to my lover about his vineyard. My love had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:2 - He built a hedge around it, removed its stones, and planted a vine. He built a tower in the middle of it, and constructed a winepress. He waited for it to produce edible grapes, but it produced sour ones instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:3 - So now, residents of Jerusalem, people of Judah, you decide between me and my vineyard!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:4 - What more can I do for my vineyard beyond what I have already done? When I waited for it to produce edible grapes, why did it produce sour ones instead?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:5 - Now I will inform you what I am about to do to my vineyard: I will remove its hedge and turn it into pasture, I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:6 - I will make it a wasteland; no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, and thorns and briers will grow there. I will order the clouds not to drop any rain on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:7 - Indeed Israel is the vineyard of the LORD who commands armies, the people of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight. He waited for justice, but look what he got - disobedience! He waited for fairness, but look what he got - cries for help!

Woes for the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:8 - Those who accumulate houses are as good as dead, those who also accumulate landed property until there is no land left, and you are the only landowners remaining within the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:9 - The LORD who commands armies told me this: "Many houses will certainly become desolate, large, impressive houses will have no one living in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:10 - Indeed, a large vineyard will produce just a few gallons, and enough seed to yield several bushels will produce less than a bushel."
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:11 - Those who get up early to drink beer are as good as dead, those who keep drinking long after dark until they are intoxicated with wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:12 - They have stringed instruments, tambourines, flutes, and wine at their parties. So they do not recognize what the LORD is doing, they do not perceive what he is bringing about.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:13 - Therefore my people will be deported because of their lack of understanding. Their leaders will have nothing to eat, their masses will have nothing to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:14 - So Death will open up its throat, and open wide its mouth; Zion's dignitaries and masses will descend into it, including those who revel and celebrate within her.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:15 - Men will be humiliated, they will be brought low; the proud will be brought low.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:16 - The LORD who commands armies will be exalted when he punishes, the sovereign God's authority will be recognized when he judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:17 - Lambs will graze as if in their pastures, amid the ruins the rich sojourners will graze.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:18 - Those who pull evil along using cords of emptiness are as good as dead, who pull sin as with cart ropes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:19 - They say, "Let him hurry, let him act quickly, so we can see; let the plan of the Holy One of Israel take shape and come to pass, then we will know it!"
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:20 - Those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:21 - Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, those who think they possess understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:22 - Those who are champions at drinking wine are as good as dead, who display great courage when mixing strong drinks.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:23 - They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff, they ignore the just cause of the innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:24 - Therefore, as flaming fire devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. For they have rejected the law of the LORD who commands armies, they have spurned the commands of the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:25 - So the LORD is furious with his people; he lifts his hand and strikes them. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:26 - He lifts a signal flag for a distant nation, he whistles for it to come from the far regions of the earth. Look, they come quickly and swiftly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:27 - None tire or stumble, they don't stop to nap or sleep. They don't loosen their belts, or unstrap their sandals to rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:28 - Their arrows are sharpened, and all their bows are prepared. The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:29 - Their roar is like a lion's; they roar like young lions. They growl and seize their prey; they drag it away and no one can come to the rescue.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:30 - At that time they will growl over their prey, it will sound like sea waves crashing against rocks. One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster, clouds will turn the light into darkness.

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