5 I will sing a song about my friend’s vineyard that was on the side of a fertile hill. 2 My friend dug the ground, removed the stones, and planted the best vines. He built a watchtower and dug a pit in rocky ground for pressing the grapes. He hoped they would be sweet, but bitter grapes were all it produced.
3 Listen, people of Jerusalem and of Judah! You be the judge of me and my vineyard. 4 What more could I have done for my vineyard? I hoped for sweet grapes, but bitter grapes were all that grew.
5 Now I will let you know what I am going to do. I will cut down the hedge and tear down the wall. My vineyard will be trampled and left in ruins. 6 It will turn into a desert, neither pruned nor hoed; it will be covered with thorns and briars. I will command the clouds not to send rain.
7 I am the Lord All-Powerful! Israel is the vineyard, and Judah is the garden I tended with care. I had hoped for honesty and for justice, but dishonesty and cries for mercy were all I found.
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