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?
“I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals 1 and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” 2 says the Lord who commands armies.
Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. 1
ע (Ayin) Our eyes continually failed us as we looked in vain for help. 1 From our watchtowers we watched for a nation that could not rescue us.
I 1 tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.
When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away.
“Then he will say 1 to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!
For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 1
But you have been thrown out of your grave like a shoot that is thrown away. 1 You lie among 2 the slain, among those who have been slashed by the sword, among those headed for 3 the stones of the pit, 4 as if you were a mangled corpse. 5
For this is what the Lord says, the one who created the sky – he is the true God, 1 the one who formed the earth and made it; he established it, he did not create it without order, 2 he formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer.
Your priests 1 did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ 2 Those responsible for teaching my law 3 did not really know me. 4 Your rulers rebelled against me. Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. 5 They all worshiped idols that could not help them. 6
I, the Lord, once called 1 you a thriving olive tree, one that produced beautiful fruit. But I will set you 2 on fire, fire that will blaze with a mighty roar. 3 Then all your branches will be good for nothing. 4
These wicked people refuse to obey what I have said. 1 They follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts and pay allegiance 2 to other gods by worshiping and serving them. So 3 they will become just like these linen shorts which are good for nothing.
The Lord who rules over all 1 says to the people of Jerusalem: 2 “Do not listen to what those prophets are saying to you. They are filling you with false hopes. They are reporting visions of their own imaginations, not something the Lord has given them to say. 3
They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. 1 Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. 2 They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth 3 was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. 4