5 Let me sing now for my well-beloved A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. My well-beloved had a vineyard on [a]a fertile hill. 2 He dug it all around, removed its stones, And planted it with [b]the choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it And also hewed out a [c]wine vat in it; Then He expected it to produce good grapes, But it produced only[d]worthless ones.
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge between Me and My vineyard. 4 “What more was there to do for My vineyard [e]that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce [f]worthless ones? 5 “So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed; I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground. 6 “I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned or hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.”
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.
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