Isaiah 5 New International Version (NIV)
The Song of the Vineyard
5 I will sing for the one I love
3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
7 The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
Woes and Judgments
8 Woe to you who add house to house
9 The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:
“Surely the great houses will become desolate,
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning
18 Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit,
20 Woe to those who call evil good
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
26 He lifts up a banner for the distant nations,
Isaiah 5 New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Disappointing Vineyard
5 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
My Well-beloved has a vineyard
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
Impending Judgment on Excesses
8 Woe to those who join house to house;
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
Isaiah 5 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Song about the Lord’s Vineyard
5 Now I will sing for the one I love
3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,
5 Now let me tell you
7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Judah’s Guilt and Judgment
8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,
11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning
13 So my people will go into exile far away
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
20 What sorrow for those who say
24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
26 He will send a signal to distant nations far away
Isaiah 5 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Song of the Vineyard
5 Listen while I sing you this song,
3 So now my friend says, “You people who live in Jerusalem and Judah, judge between my vineyard and me. 4 Is there anything I failed to do for it? Then why did it produce sour grapes and not the good grapes I expected?
5 “Here is what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge around it, break down the wall that protects it, and let wild animals eat it and trample it down. 6 I will let it be overgrown with weeds. I will not trim the vines or hoe the ground; instead, I will let briers and thorns cover it. I will even forbid the clouds to let rain fall on it.”
7 Israel is the vineyard of the Lord Almighty;
The Evil That People Do
8 You are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to those you already have. Soon there will be no place for anyone else to live, and you alone will live in the land. 9 I have heard the Lord Almighty say, “All these big, fine houses will be empty ruins. 10 The grapevines growing on five acres of land will yield only five gallons of wine. Ten bushels of seed will produce only one bushel of grain.”
11 You are doomed! You get up early in the morning to start drinking, and you spend long evenings getting drunk. 12 At your feasts you have harps and tambourines and flutes—and wine. But you don't understand what the Lord is doing, 13 and so you will be carried away as prisoners. Your leaders will starve to death, and the common people will die of thirst. 14 The world of the dead is hungry for them, and it opens its mouth wide. It gulps down the nobles of Jerusalem along with the noisy crowd of common people.
15 Everyone will be disgraced, and all who are proud will be humbled. 16 But the Lord Almighty shows his greatness by doing what is right, and he reveals his holiness by judging his people. 17 In the ruins of the cities lambs will eat grass and young goats will find pasture.[a]
18 You are doomed! You are unable to break free from your sins. 19 You say, “Let the Lord hurry up and do what he says he will, so that we can see it. Let Israel's holy God carry out his plans; let's see what he has in mind.”
20 You are doomed! You call evil good and call good evil. You turn darkness into light and light into darkness. You make what is bitter sweet, and what is sweet you make bitter.
21 You are doomed! You think you are wise, so very clever.
22 You are doomed! Heroes of the wine bottle! Brave and fearless when it comes to mixing drinks! 23 But for just a bribe you let the guilty go free, and you keep the innocent from getting justice. 24 So now, just as straw and dry grass shrivel and burn in the fire, your roots will rot and your blossoms will dry up and blow away, because you have rejected what the Lord Almighty, Israel's holy God, has taught us. 25 The Lord is angry with his people and has stretched out his hand to punish them. The mountains will shake, and the bodies of those who die will be left in the streets like rubbish. Yet even then the Lord's anger will not be ended, but his hand will still be stretched out to punish.
26 The Lord gives a signal to call for a distant nation.[b] He whistles for them to come from the ends of the earth. And here they come, swiftly, quickly! 27 None of them grow tired; none of them stumble. They never doze or sleep. Not a belt is loose; not a sandal strap is broken. 28 Their arrows are sharp, and their bows are ready to shoot. Their horses' hoofs are as hard as flint, and their chariot wheels turn like a whirlwind. 29 The soldiers roar like lions that have killed an animal and are carrying it off where no one can take it away from them.
30 When that day comes, they will roar over Israel as loudly as the sea. Look at this country! Darkness and distress! The light is swallowed by darkness.
Isaiah 5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard
5 Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
5 And now I will tell you
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
Social Injustice Denounced
8 Ah, you who join house to house,
11 Ah, you who rise early in the morning
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
18 Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood,
Foreign Invasion Predicted
24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
26 He will raise a signal for a nation far away,
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