Indeed 1 Israel 2 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies, the people 3 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight. He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 4 He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 5
Her profits and earnings will be set apart for the Lord. They will not be stored up or accumulated, for her profits will be given to those who live in the Lord’s presence and will be used to purchase large quantities of food and beautiful clothes. 1
The one who lives 1 uprightly 2 and speaks honestly; the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures and rejects a bribe; 3 the one who does not plot violent crimes 4 and does not seek to harm others 5 –
But these people are looted and plundered; all of them are trapped in pits 1 and held captive 2 in prisons. They were carried away as loot with no one to rescue them; they were carried away as plunder, and no one says, “Bring that back!” 3
Who is this who comes from Edom, 1 dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 2 Who 3 is this one wearing royal attire, 4 who marches confidently 5 because of his great strength? “It is I, the one who announces vindication, and who is able to deliver!” 6
So I said to the Lord, 1 “O Lord who rules over all, 2 you are a just judge! You examine people’s hearts and minds. 3 I want to see you pay them back for what they have done because I trust you to vindicate my cause.” 4
The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those 1 who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. 2 Do not kill innocent people 3 in this land.
Does it make you any more of a king that you outstrip everyone else in 1 building with cedar? Just think about your father. He was content that he had food and drink. 2 He did what was just and right. 3 So things went well with him.
All your allies have abandoned you. 1 They no longer have any concern for you. For I have attacked you like an enemy would. I have chastened you cruelly. For your wickedness is so great and your sin is so much. 2
All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. 1 They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors 2 trusted.’ 3
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle, they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 1
For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘Fair Babylon 1 will be like a threshing floor which has been trampled flat for harvest. The time for her to be cut down and harvested will come very soon.’ 2
I will plant it on a high mountain of Israel, and it will raise branches and produce fruit and become a beautiful cedar. Every bird will live under it; Every winged creature will live in the shade of its branches.
“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not suffer 1 for his father’s iniquity?’ When the son does what is just and right, and observes all my statutes and carries them out, he will surely live.
He will also take their gods into captivity to Egypt, along with their cast images and prized utensils of silver and gold. Then he will withdraw for some years from 1 the king of the north.
Look! 1 Even if 2 they flee from the destruction, Egypt will take hold 3 of them, and Memphis will bury them. The weeds will inherit the silver they treasure 4 – thorn bushes will occupy their homes. 5