He built a hedge around it, 1 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. 2
So the Lord is furious 1 with his people; he lifts 2 his hand and strikes them. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure 3 in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 4
So the sovereign master was not pleased 1 with their young men, he took no pity 2 on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless 3 and did wicked things, 4 every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 5 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 6
For he says: “By my strong hand I have accomplished this, by my strategy that I devised. I invaded the territory of nations, 1 and looted their storehouses. Like a mighty conqueror, 2 I brought down rulers. 3
But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 2
Tell me! Present the evidence! 1 Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the Lord? I have no peer, there is no God but me, a God who vindicates and delivers; 2 there is none but me.
Look all around you! 1 All of them gather to you. As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry; you will put them on as if you were a bride.
Why do you forget 1 the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky 2 and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long 3 at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? 4
So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, 1 he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, 2 because he willingly submitted 3 to death and was numbered with the rebels, when he lifted up the sin of many and intervened 4 on behalf of the rebels.”
“Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth! Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one are more numerous than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
When you cry out for help, let your idols 1 help you! The wind blows them all away, 2 a breeze carries them away. 3 But the one who looks to me for help 4 will inherit the land and will have access to 5 my holy mountain.”
They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, 1 like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God.
Indeed, the coastlands 1 look eagerly for me, the large ships 2 are in the lead, bringing your sons from far away, along with their silver and gold, to honor the Lord your God, 3 the Holy One of Israel, 4 for he has bestowed honor on you.
The Lord swears an oath by his right hand, by his strong arm: 1 “I will never again give your grain to your enemies as food, and foreigners will not drink your wine, which you worked hard to produce.
We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 1 We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.
In those days, your population will greatly increase 1 in the land. At that time,” says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark 2 that contains the Lord’s covenant with us. 3 They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more! 4
The Lord says, 1 “Listen, 2 nation of Israel! 3 I am about to bring a nation from far away to attack you. It will be a nation that was founded long ago and has lasted for a long time. It will be a nation whose language you will not know. Its people will speak words that you will not be able to understand.
They will be spread out and exposed to the sun, the moon and the stars. 1 These are things they 2 adored and served, things to which they paid allegiance, 3 from which they sought guidance, and worshiped. The bones of these people 4 will never be regathered and reburied. They will be like manure used to fertilize the ground. 5
The people say, 1 “Why are we just sitting here? Let us gather together inside the fortified cities. 2 Let us at least die there fighting, 3 since the Lord our God has condemned us to die. He has condemned us to drink the poison waters of judgment 4 because we have sinned against him. 5