Isaiah 4

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The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 5

1

Now will I sing4 to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful 8081 hill:

2

And he fenced17 it, and gathered out the stones17 thereof, and planted4 it with the choicest vine, and built4 a tower in the midst of it, and also made1 a winepress therein: and he looked17 that it should bring forth2 grapes, and it brought forth4 wild grapes.

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And now, O inhabitants6 of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge,3 I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.

4

What could have been done2 more to my vineyard, that I have not done1 in it? wherefore, when I looked14 that it should bring forth2 grapes, brought it forth4 wild grapes?

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And now go to; I will tell55 you what I will do6 to my vineyard: I will take away53 the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up;15 [and] break down2 the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

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And I will lay4 it waste: it shall not be pruned,11 nor digged;11 but there shall come up1 briers and thorns: I will also command17 the clouds that they rain53 no rain upon it.

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For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked17 for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

8

Woe unto them that join56 house to house, [that] lay55 field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed90 alone in the midst of the earth!

9

In mine ears [said] the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, [even] great and fair, without inhabitant.6

10

Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield4 one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield4 an ephah.

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Woe unto them that rise up early56 in the morning, [that] they may follow4 strong drink; that continue18 until night, [till] wine inflame55 them!

12

And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard55 not the work of the LORD, neither consider1 the operation of his hands.

13

Therefore my people are gone into captivity,1 because [they have] no knowledge: and their honourable men [are] famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

14

Therefore hell hath enlarged52 herself, and opened1 her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend1 into it.

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And the mean man shall be brought down,11 and the mighty man shall be humbled,4 and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:4

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But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted4 in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified8 in righteousness.

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Then shall the lambs feed1 after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers6 eat.4

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Woe unto them that draw6 iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

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That say,6 Let him make speed,17 [and] hasten55 his work, that we may see4 [it]: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh4 and come,4 that we may know4 [it]!

20

Woe unto them that call6 evil good, and good evil; that put6 darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put6 bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21

Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent12 in their own sight!

22

Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink2 wine, and men of strength to mingle2 strong drink:

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Which justify56 the wicked for reward, and take away55 the righteousness of the righteous from him!

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Therefore as the fire 784 devoureth2 the stubble, and the flame consumeth4 the chaff, [so] their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up4 as dust: because they have cast away1 the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised14 the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25

Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled1 against his people, and he hath stretched forth4 his hand against them, and hath smitten55 them: and the hills did tremble,4 and their carcases [were] torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away,1 but his hand [is] stretched out7 still.

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And he will lift up1 an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss1 unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come4 with speed swiftly:

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None shall be weary nor stumble6 among them; none shall slumber4 nor sleep;4 neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed,8 nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:8

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Whose arrows [are] sharp,6 and all their bows bent,7 their horses' hoofs shall be counted8 like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

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Their roaring [shall be] like a lion, they shall roar4 7580 1 like young lions: yea, they shall roar,4 and lay hold4 of the prey, and shall carry [it] away safe,55 and none shall deliver56 [it].

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And in that day they shall roar4 against them like the roaring of the sea: and if [one] look14 unto the land, behold darkness [and] sorrow, and the light is darkened1 in the heavens thereof.

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