Isaiah’s Vineyard Song

Isaiah’s Vineyard Song

SCRIPTURE READING                                         Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5

The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard

1 I will sing for my beloved

    my love song concerning his vineyard:

My beloved had a vineyard

    on a very fertile hill.

2 He dug it and cleared it of stones

    and planted it with choice vines;

he built a watchtower in the midst of it

    and hewed out a wine vat in it;

he expected it to yield grapes,

    but it yielded rotten grapes.

3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem

    and people of Judah,

judge between me

    and my vineyard.

4 What more was there to do for my vineyard

    that I have not done in it?

When I expected it to yield grapes,

    why did it yield rotten grapes?

5 And now I will tell you

    what I will do to my vineyard.

I will remove its hedge,

    and it shall be devoured;

I will break down its wall,

    and it shall be trampled down.

6 I will make it a wasteland;

    it shall not be pruned or hoed,

    and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;

I will also command the clouds

    that they rain no rain upon it.

7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts

    is the house of Israel,

and the people of Judah

    are his cherished garden;

he expected justice

    but saw bloodshed;


    but heard a cry!

The Peaceful Kingdom

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,

    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2 The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,

    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

    the spirit of counsel and might,

    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

3 His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see

    or decide by what his ears hear,

4 but with righteousness he shall judge for the poor

    and decide with equity for the oppressed of the earth;

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist

    and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

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All: Thanks be to God.