4 Seven women will grab hold of
one man at that time. 1
They will say, “We will provide 2 our own food,
we will provide 3 our own clothes;
but let us belong to you 4 –
take away our shame!” 5
2 At that time 6
the crops given by the Lord will bring admiration and honor; 7
the produce of the land will be a source of pride and delight
to those who remain in Israel. 8
3 Those remaining in Zion, 9 those left in Jerusalem, 10
will be called “holy,” 11
all in Jerusalem who are destined to live. 12
4 At that time 13 the sovereign master 14 will wash the excrement 15 from Zion’s women,
he will rinse the bloodstains from Jerusalem’s midst, 16
as he comes to judge
and to bring devastation. 17
5 Then the Lord will create
over all of Mount Zion 18
and over its convocations
a cloud and smoke by day
and a bright flame of fire by night; 19
indeed a canopy will accompany the Lord’s glorious presence. 20
6 By day it will be a shelter to provide shade from the heat,
as well as safety and protection from the heavy downpour. 21
5 I 1 will sing to my love –
a song to my lover about his vineyard. 2
My love had a vineyard
on a fertile hill. 3
2 He built a hedge around it, 4 removed its stones,
and planted a vine.
He built a tower in the middle of it,
and constructed a winepress.
He waited for it to produce edible grapes,
but it produced sour ones instead. 5
3 So now, residents of Jerusalem, 6
people 7 of Judah,
you decide between me and my vineyard!
4 What more can I do for my vineyard
beyond what I have already done?
When I waited for it to produce edible grapes,
why did it produce sour ones instead?
5 Now I will inform you
what I am about to do to my vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and turn it into pasture, 8
I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there. 9
6 I will make it a wasteland;
no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 10
and thorns and briers will grow there.
I will order the clouds
not to drop any rain on it.
7 Indeed 11 Israel 12 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies,
the people 13 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight.
He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 14
He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 15
8 Those who accumulate houses are as good as dead, 16
those who also accumulate landed property 17
until there is no land left, 18
and you are the only landowners remaining within the land. 19
9 The Lord who commands armies told me this: 20
“Many houses will certainly become desolate,
large, impressive houses will have no one living in them. 21
10 Indeed, a large vineyard 22 will produce just a few gallons, 23
and enough seed to yield several bushels 24 will produce less than a bushel.” 25
11 Those who get up early to drink beer are as good as dead, 26
those who keep drinking long after dark
until they are intoxicated with wine. 27
12 They have stringed instruments, 28 tambourines, flutes,
and wine at their parties.
So they do not recognize what the Lord is doing,
they do not perceive what he is bringing about. 29
13 Therefore my 30 people will be deported 31
because of their lack of understanding.
Their 32 leaders will have nothing to eat, 33
their 34 masses will have nothing to drink. 35
14 So Death 36 will open up its throat,
and open wide its mouth; 37
Zion’s dignitaries and masses will descend into it,
including those who revel and celebrate within her. 38
15 Men will be humiliated,
they will be brought low;
the proud will be brought low. 39
16 The Lord who commands armies will be exalted 40 when he punishes, 41
the sovereign God’s authority will be recognized when he judges. 42
17 Lambs 43 will graze as if in their pastures,
amid the ruins the rich sojourners will graze. 44
18 Those who pull evil along using cords of emptiness are as good as dead, 45
who pull sin as with cart ropes. 46
19 They say, “Let him hurry, let him act quickly, 47
so we can see;
let the plan of the Holy One of Israel 48 take shape 49 and come to pass,
then we will know it!”
20 Those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead, 50
who turn darkness into light and light into darkness,
who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter. 51
21 Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, 52
those who think they possess understanding. 53
22 Those who are champions 54 at drinking wine are as good as dead, 55
who display great courage when mixing strong drinks.
23 They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff,
they ignore the just cause of the innocent. 56
24 Therefore, as flaming fire 57 devours straw,
and dry grass disintegrates in the flames,
so their root will rot,
and their flower will blow away like dust. 58
For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies,
they have spurned the commands 59 of the Holy One of Israel. 60
25 So the Lord is furious 61 with his people;
he lifts 62 his hand and strikes them.
The mountains shake,
and corpses lie like manure 63 in the middle of the streets.
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 64
26 He lifts a signal flag for a distant nation, 65
he whistles for it to come from the far regions of the earth.
Look, they 66 come quickly and swiftly.
27 None tire or stumble,
they don’t stop to nap or sleep.
They don’t loosen their belts,
or unstrap their sandals to rest. 67
28 Their arrows are sharpened,
and all their bows are prepared. 68
The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, 69
and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm. 70
29 Their roar is like a lion’s;
they roar like young lions.
They growl and seize their prey;
they drag it away and no one can come to the rescue.
30 At that time 71 they will growl over their prey, 72
it will sound like sea waves crashing against rocks. 73
One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster,
clouds will turn the light into darkness. 74