8 You removed a vine from Egypt; You drove out the [a]nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground before it, And it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shadow, And [b]the cedars of God with its branches. 11 It was sending out its branches to the sea And its shoots to the Euphrates River. 12 Why have You broken down its [c]hedges, So that all who pass that way pick its fruit? 13 A boar from the forest eats it away, And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.
14 God of armies, do turn back; Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine, 15 The [d]shoot which Your right hand has planted, And of the [e]son whom You have [f]strengthened for Yourself. 16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish from the rebuke of Your face. 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. 18 Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. 19 Lord God of armies, restore us; Make Your face shine upon us, [g]and we will be saved.
5 Let me sing now for my beloved A song of my beloved about His vineyard. My beloved had a vineyard on [a]a fertile hill. 2 He dug it all around, cleared it of stones, And planted it with [b]the choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it, And also carved 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, you inhabitants of Jerusalem and people 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 nor hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also command the clouds not to rain on it.”
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of armies is the house of Israel, And the people of Judah are His delightful plant. So He waited for justice, but behold, there wasbloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
Woes for the Wicked
8 Woe to those who attach house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, And you alone are a landowner in the midst of the land! 9 In my ears the Lord of armies has sworn, “Many houses shall certainly become desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants. 10 For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one [g]bath of wine, And a [h]homer of seed will yield only an [i]ephah of grain.” 11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning so that they may pursue intoxicating drink, Who stay up late in the evening so that wine may inflame them! 12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their [j]nobles are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst. 14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its [k]throat and opened its mouth beyond measure; And [l]Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her noise of revelry, and the jubilant within her, descend into it. 15 So the common people will be humbled and the person of importance brought low, The eyes of the haughty also will be brought low. 16 But the Lord of armies will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. 17 Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the ruins of the [m]wealthy.
18 Woe to those who drag wrongdoing with the cords of [n]deceit, And sin as if with cart ropes; 19 Who say, “Let Him hurry, let Him do His work quickly, so that we may see it; And let the plan of the Holy One of Israel approach And come to pass, so that we may know it!” 20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who [o]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who [p]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And [q]clever in their own sight! 22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, And valiant men in mixing intoxicating drink, 23 Who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe, And take away the [r]rights of the ones who are in the right!
24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble, And dry grass collapses in the flame, So their root will become like rot, and their blossom [s]blow away like dust; For they have rejected the Law of the Lord of armies, And discarded the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 For this reason the anger of the Lord has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them. And the mountains quaked, and their corpses [t]lay like refuse in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, His anger [u]is not spent, But His hand is still stretched out.
26 He will also lift up a flag to the distant [v]nation, And whistle for it from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will come with speed swiftly. 27 No one in it is tired or stumbles, No one slumbers or sleeps; Nor is the undergarment at his waist loosened, Nor his sandal strap broken. 28 [w]Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent; The hoofs of its horses [x]seem like flint, and its chariotwheels like a storm wind. 29 Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; It growls as it seizes the prey And carries it off with no one to save it. 30 And it will roar against it on that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks across to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.
Ezekiel 19:10-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Your mother was like a vine in your [a]vineyard, Planted by the waters; It was fruitful and thick with branches Because of abundant waters. 11 And it had [b]strong stems fit for scepters of rulers, And its height was raised above the clouds So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches. 12 But it was uprooted in fury; It was thrown down to the ground; And the east wind dried up its fruit. [c]Its strong stem [d]was torn out So that [e]it withered; The fire consumed it. 13 And now it is planted in the wilderness, In a dry and thirsty land. 14 And fire has gone out from its stem; It has consumed its shoots and fruit, So that there is no [f]strong stem in it, A scepter to rule.’”
This is a song of mourning, and has become a song of mourning.
Matthew 21:33-46New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Parable of the Landowner
33 “Listen to another parable. There was a [a]landowner who planted avineyard and put a[b]fence around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and he leased it to [c]vine-growers and went on a journey.34 And when the [d]harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his fruit.35 And the vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.36 Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they did the same things to them.37 But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’38 But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill him and take possession of his inheritance!’39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.40 Therefore, when the [e]owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”41 They *said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the fruit in the proper seasons.”
42 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘A stone which the builders rejected, This has become the[f]chief cornerstone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a [g]people producing its fruit.44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.46 And although they sought to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, since they considered Him to be a prophet.
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