people 2 of Judah,
you decide between me and my vineyard!
5:4 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?
5:5 Now I will inform you
what I am about to do to my vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and turn it into pasture, 3
I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there. 4
5:6 I will make it a wasteland;
no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 5
and thorns and briers will grow there.
I will order the clouds
not to drop any rain on it.
2 tn Heb “men,” but in a generic sense.
3 tn Heb “and it will become [a place for] grazing.” בָּעַר (ba’ar, “grazing”) is a homonym of the more often used verb “to burn.”
4 tn Heb “and it will become a trampled place” (NASB “trampled ground”).
5 tn Heb “it will not be pruned or hoed” (so NASB); ASV and NRSV both similar.