5 I 1 will sing to my love –
a song to my lover about his vineyard. 2
My love had a vineyard
on a fertile hill. 3
2 He built a hedge around it, 4 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. 5
3 So now, residents of Jerusalem, 6
people 7 of Judah,
you decide between me and my vineyard!
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?
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, 8
I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there. 9
6 I will make it a wasteland;
no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 10
and thorns and briers will grow there.
I will order the clouds
not to drop any rain on it.
7 Indeed 11 Israel 12 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies,
the people 13 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight.
He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 14
He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 15
8 Those who accumulate houses are as good as dead, 16
those who also accumulate landed property 17
until there is no land left, 18
and you are the only landowners remaining within the land. 19
9 The Lord who commands armies told me this: 20
“Many houses will certainly become desolate,
large, impressive houses will have no one living in them. 21
10 Indeed, a large vineyard 22 will produce just a few gallons, 23
and enough seed to yield several bushels 24 will produce less than a bushel.” 25
11 Those who get up early to drink beer are as good as dead, 26
those who keep drinking long after dark
until they are intoxicated with wine. 27
12 They have stringed instruments, 28 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. 29
13 Therefore my 30 people will be deported 31
because of their lack of understanding.
Their 32 leaders will have nothing to eat, 33
their 34 masses will have nothing to drink. 35
14 So Death 36 will open up its throat,
and open wide its mouth; 37
Zion’s dignitaries and masses will descend into it,
including those who revel and celebrate within her. 38
15 Men will be humiliated,
they will be brought low;
the proud will be brought low. 39
16 The Lord who commands armies will be exalted 40 when he punishes, 41
the sovereign God’s authority will be recognized when he judges. 42
17 Lambs 43 will graze as if in their pastures,
amid the ruins the rich sojourners will graze. 44
18 Those who pull evil along using cords of emptiness are as good as dead, 45
who pull sin as with cart ropes. 46
19 They say, “Let him hurry, let him act quickly, 47
so we can see;
let the plan of the Holy One of Israel 48 take shape 49 and come to pass,
then we will know it!”
20 Those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead, 50
who turn darkness into light and light into darkness,
who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter. 51
21 Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, 52
those who think they possess understanding. 53
22 Those who are champions 54 at drinking wine are as good as dead, 55
who display great courage when mixing strong drinks.
23 They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff,
they ignore the just cause of the innocent. 56
24 Therefore, as flaming fire 57 devours straw,
and dry grass disintegrates in the flames,
so their root will rot,
and their flower will blow away like dust. 58
For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies,
they have spurned the commands 59 of the Holy One of Israel. 60
25 So the Lord is furious 61 with his people;
he lifts 62 his hand and strikes them.
The mountains shake,
and corpses lie like manure 63 in the middle of the streets.
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 64
26 He lifts a signal flag for a distant nation, 65
he whistles for it to come from the far regions of the earth.
Look, they 66 come quickly and swiftly.
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. 67
28 Their arrows are sharpened,
and all their bows are prepared. 68
The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, 69
and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm. 70
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.
30 At that time 71 they will growl over their prey, 72
it will sound like sea waves crashing against rocks. 73
One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster,
clouds will turn the light into darkness. 74
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, 1 I saw the sovereign master 2 seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs 3 stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, 4 and they used the remaining two to fly. 3 They called out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy 5 is the Lord who commands armies! 6 His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!” 4 The sound of their voices shook the door frames, 7 and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 I said, “Too bad for me! I am destroyed, 8 for my lips are contaminated by sin, 9 and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. 10 My eyes have seen the king, the Lord who commands armies.” 11 6 But then one of the seraphs flew toward me. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Look, this coal has touched your lips. Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven.” 12 8 I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” 13 I answered, “Here I am, send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell these people:
‘Listen continually, but don’t understand!
Look continually, but don’t perceive!’
10 Make the hearts of these people calloused;
make their ears deaf and their eyes blind!
Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” 14
11 I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said,
“Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated,
and houses are uninhabited,
and the land is ruined and devastated,
12 and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place,
and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. 15
13 Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 16 like one of the large sacred trees 17 or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 18 That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 19
7 During 1 the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 2 to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 3
2 It was reported to the family 4 of David, “Syria has allied with 5 Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 6 3 So the Lord told Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub 7 and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 8 4 Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 9 Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 10 by these two stubs of smoking logs, 11 or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 5 Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise. 12 6 They say, “Let’s attack Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it. 13 Then we’ll set up the son of Tabeel as its king.” 14 7 For this reason the sovereign master, 15 the Lord, says:
“It will not take place;
it will not happen.
8 For Syria’s leader is Damascus,
and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.
Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. 16
9 Ephraim’s leader is Samaria,
and Samaria’s leader is the son of Remaliah.
If your faith does not remain firm,
then you will not remain secure.” 17
10 The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous.” 18 12 But Ahaz responded, “I don’t want to ask; I don’t want to put the Lord to a test.” 19 13 So Isaiah replied, 20 “Pay attention, 21 family 22 of David. 23 Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying the patience of my God? 14 For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. 24 Look, this 25 young woman 26 is about to conceive 27 and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him 28 Immanuel. 29 15 He will eat sour milk 30 and honey, which will help him know how 31 to reject evil and choose what is right. 16 Here is why this will be so: 32 Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land 33 whose two kings you fear will be desolate. 34 17 The Lord will bring on you, your people, and your father’s family a time 35 unlike any since Ephraim departed from Judah – the king of Assyria!” 36
18 At that time 37 the Lord will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 38 19 All of them will come and make their home 39 in the ravines between the cliffs, and in the crevices of the cliffs, in all the thorn bushes, and in all the watering holes. 40 20 At that time 41 the sovereign master will use a razor hired from the banks of the Euphrates River, 42 the king of Assyria, to shave the head and the pubic hair; 43 it will also shave off the beard. 21 At that time 44 a man will keep alive a young cow from the herd and a couple of goats. 22 From the abundance of milk they produce, 45 he will have sour milk for his meals. Indeed, everyone left in the heart of the land will eat sour milk and honey. 23 At that time 46 every place where there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels will be overrun 47 with thorns and briers. 24 With bow and arrow 48 men will hunt 49 there, for the whole land will be covered 50 with thorns and briers. 25 They will stay away from all the hills that were cultivated, for fear of the thorns and briers. 51 Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them. 52