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The Vineyard of the Lord Destroyed5:1 Let me sing for my belovedmy love song concerning his vineyard:My beloved had a vineyardon a very fertile hill.
2 He dug it and cleared it of stones,and planted it with choice vines;he built a watchtower in the midst of it,and hewed out a wine vat in it;and he looked for it to yield grapes,but it yielded wild grapes.
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalemand men of Judah,judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more was there to do for my vineyard,that I have not done in it?When I looked for it to yield grapes,why did it yield wild grapes?
5 And now I will tell youwhat I will do to my vineyard.I will remove its hedge,and it shall be devoured;I will break down its wall,and it shall be trampled down.
6 I will make it a waste;it shall not be pruned or hoed,and briers and thorns shall grow up;I will also command the cloudsthat they rain no rain upon it.
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hostsis the house of Israel,and the men of Judahare his pleasant planting;and he looked for justice,but behold, bloodshed;for righteousness,but behold, an outcry!
Woe to the Wicked8 Woe to those who join house to house,who add field to field,until there is no more room,and you are made to dwell alonein the midst of the land.
9 The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing:“Surely many houses shall be desolate,large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath,and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.”
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,that they may run after strong drink,who tarry late into the eveningas wine inflames them!
12 They have lyre and harp,tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord,or see the work of his hands.
13 Therefore my people go into exilefor lack of knowledge;their honored men go hungry,and their multitude is parched with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetiteand opened its mouth beyond measure,and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude will go down,her revelers and he who exults in her.
15 Man is humbled, and each one is brought low,and the eyes of the haughty are brought low.
16 But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice,and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
17 Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture,and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.
18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood,who draw sin as with cart ropes,
19 who say: “Let him be quick,let him speed his workthat we may see it;let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near,and let it come, that we may know it!”
20 Woe to those who call evil goodand good evil,who put darkness for lightand light for darkness,who put bitter for sweetand sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,and shrewd in their own sight!
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,and deprive the innocent of his right!
24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,so their root will be as rottenness,and their blossom go up like dust;for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them,and the mountains quaked;and their corpses were as refusein the midst of the streets.For all this his anger has not turned away,and his hand is stretched out still.
26 He will raise a signal for nations far away,and whistle for them from the ends of the earth;and behold, quickly, speedily they come!
27 None is weary, none stumbles,none slumbers or sleeps,not a waistband is loose,not a sandal strap broken;
28 their arrows are sharp,all their bows bent,their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,and their wheels like the whirlwind.
29 Their roaring is like a lion,like young lions they roar;they growl and seize their prey;they carry it off, and none can rescue.
30 They will growl over it on that day,like the growling of the sea.And if one looks to the land,behold, darkness and distress;and the light is darkened by its clouds.
Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one called to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,and their ears heavy,and blind their eyes;lest they see with their eyes,and hear with their ears,and understand with their hearts,and turn and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”And he said:“Until cities lie wastewithout inhabitant,and houses without people,and the land is a desolate waste,
12 and the Lord removes people far away,and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 And though a tenth remain in it,it will be burned again,like a terebinth or an oak,whose stump remainswhen it is felled.”The holy seed is its stump.
Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz 7:1 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it.
2 When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
3 And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.
4 And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying,
6 Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,
7 thus says the Lord God:“‘It shall not stand,and it shall not come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus,and the head of Damascus is Rezin.And within sixty-five yearsEphraim will be shattered from being a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.If you are not firm in faith,you will not be firm at all.’”
The Sign of Immanuel10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz:
11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.”
13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.
17 The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”
18 In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
20 In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
21 In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep,
22 and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
23 In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns.
24 With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns.
25 And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
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Warning Against the Adulteress7:1 My son, keep my wordsand treasure up my commandments with you;
2 keep my commandments and live;keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from the forbidden woman,from the adulteress with her smooth words.
6 For at the window of my houseI have looked out through my lattice,
7 and I have seen among the simple,I have perceived among the youths,a young man lacking sense,
8 passing along the street near her corner,taking the road to her house
9 in the twilight, in the evening,at the time of night and darkness.
10 And behold, the woman meets him,dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
11 She is loud and wayward;her feet do not stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the market,and at every corner she lies in wait.
13 She seizes him and kisses him,and with bold face she says to him,
14 “I had to offer sacrifices,and today I have paid my vows;
15 so now I have come out to meet you,to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with coverings,colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;he has gone on a long journey;
20 he took a bag of money with him;at full moon he will come home.”
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;with her smooth talk she compels him.
22 All at once he follows her,as an ox goes to the slaughter,or as a stag is caught fast
23 till an arrow pierces its liver;as a bird rushes into a snare;he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 And now, O sons, listen to me,and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;do not stray into her paths,
26 for many a victim has she laid low,and all her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol,going down to the chambers of death.
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Bless the Lord, O My SoulOf David.103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,and all that is within me,bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with goodso that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousnessand justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenantand remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,you mighty ones who do his word,obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,in all places of his dominion.Bless the Lord, O my soul!
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