New International Version
A Rebellious Nation
2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!(H)
For the Lord has spoken:(I)
“I reared children(J) and brought them up,
but they have rebelled(K) against me.
3 The ox knows(L) its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,(M)
but Israel does not know,(N)
my people do not understand.(O)”
4 Woe to the sinful nation,
a people whose guilt is great,(P)
a brood of evildoers,(Q)
children given to corruption!(R)
They have forsaken(S) the Lord;
they have spurned the Holy One(T) of Israel
and turned their backs(U) on him.
5 Why should you be beaten(V) anymore?
Why do you persist(W) in rebellion?(X)
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart(Y) afflicted.(Z)
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head(AA)
there is no soundness(AB)—
only wounds and welts(AC)
and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged(AD)
or soothed with olive oil.(AE)
7 Your country is desolate,(AF)
your cities burned with fire;(AG)
your fields are being stripped by foreigners(AH)
right before you,
laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.(AI)
8 Daughter Zion(AJ) is left(AK)
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut(AL) in a cucumber field,
like a city under siege.
9 Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us some survivors,(AM)
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.(AN)
10 Hear the word of the Lord,(AO)
you rulers of Sodom;(AP)
listen to the instruction(AQ) of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!(AR)
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;(AS)
I have no pleasure(AT)
in the blood of bulls(AU) and lambs and goats.(AV)
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,(AW)
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!(AX)
Your incense(AY) is detestable(AZ) to me.
New Moons,(BA) Sabbaths and convocations(BB)—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon(BC) feasts and your appointed festivals(BD)
I hate with all my being.(BE)
They have become a burden to me;(BF)
I am weary(BG) of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands(BH) in prayer,
I hide(BI) my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.(BJ)
16 Wash(BM) and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;(BN)
stop doing wrong.(BO)
17 Learn to do right;(BP) seek justice.(BQ)
Defend the oppressed.[a](BR)
Take up the cause of the fatherless;(BS)
plead the case of the widow.(BT)
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”(BU)
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;(BV)
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.(BW)
19 If you are willing and obedient,(BX)
you will eat the good things of the land;(BY)
20 but if you resist and rebel,(BZ)
you will be devoured by the sword.”(CA)
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(CB)
21 See how the faithful city
has become a prostitute!(CC)
She once was full of justice;
righteousness(CD) used to dwell in her—
but now murderers!(CE)
22 Your silver has become dross,(CF)
your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,(CG)
partners with thieves;(CH)
they all love bribes(CI)
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.(CJ)
24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
the Mighty One(CK) of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
and avenge(CL) myself on my enemies.(CM)
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b](CN)
I will thoroughly purge(CO) away your dross(CP)
and remove all your impurities.(CQ)
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,(CR)
your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called(CS)
the City of Righteousness,(CT)
the Faithful City.(CU)”
New International Version
The Day of the Lord
6 You, Lord, have abandoned(A) your people,
the descendants of Jacob.(B)
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination(C) like the Philistines(D)
and embrace(E) pagan customs.(F)
7 Their land is full of silver and gold;(G)
there is no end to their treasures.(H)
Their land is full of horses;(I)
there is no end to their chariots.(J)
8 Their land is full of idols;(K)
they bow down(L) to the work of their hands,(M)
to what their fingers(N) have made.
9 So people will be brought low(O)
and everyone humbled(P)—
do not forgive them.[a](Q)
10 Go into the rocks, hide(R) in the ground
from the fearful presence of the Lord
and the splendor of his majesty!(S)
11 The eyes of the arrogant(T) will be humbled(U)
and human pride(V) brought low;(W)
the Lord alone will be exalted(X) in that day.(Y)
12 The Lord Almighty has a day(Z) in store
for all the proud(AA) and lofty,(AB)
for all that is exalted(AC)
(and they will be humbled),(AD)
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon,(AE) tall and lofty,(AF)
and all the oaks of Bashan,(AG)
14 for all the towering mountains
and all the high hills,(AH)
15 for every lofty tower(AI)
and every fortified wall,(AJ)
16 for every trading ship[b](AK)
and every stately vessel.
17 The arrogance of man will be brought low(AL)
and human pride humbled;(AM)
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,(AN)
18 and the idols(AO) will totally disappear.(AP)
New International Version
8 Jerusalem staggers,
Judah is falling;(A)
their words(B) and deeds(C) are against the Lord,
defying(D) his glorious presence.
9 The look on their faces testifies(E) against them;
they parade their sin like Sodom;(F)
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
They have brought disaster(G) upon themselves.
10 Tell the righteous it will be well(H) with them,
for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.(I)
11 Woe to the wicked!(J)
Disaster(K) is upon them!
They will be paid back(L)
for what their hands have done.(M)
13 The Lord takes his place in court;(P)
he rises to judge(Q) the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment(R)
against the elders and leaders of his people:
“It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
the plunder(S) from the poor(T) is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people(U)
and grinding(V) the faces of the poor?”(W)
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.(X)
16 The Lord says,
“The women of Zion(Y) are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,(Z)
flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;
the Lord will make their scalps bald.(AA)”
18 In that day(AB) the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,(AC) 19 the earrings and bracelets(AD) and veils,(AE) 20 the headdresses(AF) and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings,(AG) 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks,(AH) the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments(AI) and tiaras(AJ) and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance(AK) there will be a stench;(AL)
instead of a sash,(AM) a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;(AN)
instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;(AO)
instead of beauty,(AP) branding.(AQ)
25 Your men will fall by the sword,(AR)
your warriors in battle.(AS)
26 The gates(AT) of Zion will lament and mourn;(AU)
destitute,(AV) she will sit on the ground.(AW)
New International Version
The Song of the Vineyard
5 I will sing for the one I love
a song about his vineyard:(A)
My loved one had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones
and planted it with the choicest vines.(B)
He built a watchtower(C) in it
and cut out a winepress(D) as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
but it yielded only bad fruit.(E)
3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.(F)
4 What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?(G)
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?(H)
5 Now I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be destroyed;(I)
I will break down its wall,(J)
and it will be trampled.(K)
6 I will make it a wasteland,(L)
neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns(M) will grow there.
I will command the clouds
not to rain(N) on it.”
7 The vineyard(O) of the Lord Almighty
is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice,(P) but saw bloodshed;
for righteousness,(Q) but heard cries of distress.(R)
Woes and Judgments
“Surely the great houses will become desolate,(W)
the fine mansions left without occupants.
10 A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath[a] of wine;
a homer[b] of seed will yield only an ephah[c] of grain.”(X)
11 Woe(Y) to those who rise early in the morning
to run after their drinks,
who stay up late at night
till they are inflamed with wine.(Z)
12 They have harps and lyres at their banquets,
pipes(AA) and timbrels(AB) and wine,
but they have no regard(AC) for the deeds of the Lord,
no respect for the work of his hands.(AD)
13 Therefore my people will go into exile(AE)
for lack of understanding;(AF)
those of high rank(AG) will die of hunger
and the common people will be parched with thirst.(AH)
14 Therefore Death(AI) expands its jaws,
opening wide its mouth;(AJ)
into it will descend their nobles and masses
with all their brawlers and revelers.(AK)
15 So people will be brought low(AL)
and everyone humbled,(AM)
the eyes of the arrogant(AN) humbled.
16 But the Lord Almighty will be exalted(AO) by his justice,(AP)
and the holy God will be proved holy(AQ) by his righteous acts.
17 Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture;(AR)
lambs will feed[d] among the ruins of the rich.
18 Woe(AS) to those who draw sin along with cords(AT) of deceit,
and wickedness(AU) as with cart ropes,
19 to those who say, “Let God hurry;
let him hasten(AV) his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One(AW) of Israel—
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”(AX)
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes(BD)
and clever in their own sight.
New International Version
The Women of Jerusalem
9 You women(A) who are so complacent,
rise up and listen(B) to me;
you daughters who feel secure,(C)
hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year(D)
you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail,(E)
and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble,(F) you complacent women;
shudder, you daughters who feel secure!(G)
Strip off your fine clothes(H)
and wrap yourselves in rags.(I)