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5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! 5:9 In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.
5:10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
5:17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: 5:27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: 5:28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.


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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 5

Overview:
The state and conduct of the Jewish nation. (1-7) The
judgments which would come. (8-23) The executioners of these
judgments. (24-30)

1-7 Christ is God's beloved Son, and our beloved Saviour. The
care of the Lord over the Church of Israel, is described By the
management of a vineyard. The advantages of our situation will
be brought into the account another Day. He planted it with the
choicest vines; gave them a most excellent Law, instituted
proper ordinances. The Temple was a tower, where God gave tokens
of his presence. He set up his Altar, to which the sacrifices
should be brought; all the Means of Grace are denoted thereby.
God expects Fruit from those that enjoy privileges. Good
purposes and good beginnings are good things, but not enough;
there must be vineyard Fruit; thoughts and affections, words and
actions, agreeable to the Spirit. It brought forth bad Fruit.
Wild grapes are the fruits of the corrupt nature. Where Grace
does not work, corruption will. But the wickedness of those that
profess religion, and enjoy the Means of Grace, must be upon the
sinners themselves. They shall No longer be a Peculiar people.
When errors and vice go without check or control, the vineyard
is unpruned; then it will soon be grown over with thorns. This
is often shown in the departure of God's Spirit from those who
have long striven against him, and the removal of his Gospel
from places which have long been a reproach to it. The
explanation is given. It is sad with a soul, when, instead of
the grapes of Humility, Meekness, Love, patience, and contempt
of the world, for which God looks, there are the wild grapes of
pride, Passion, discontent, and malice, and contempt of God;
instead of the grapes of praying and praising, the wild grapes
of cursing and swearing. Let us bring forth Fruit with patience,
that in the End we may obtain Everlasting Life.

8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts On the wealth
of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a House
and a Field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they
never know when they have enough. Covetousness is Idolatry; and
while many envy the prosperous, wretched Man, the Lord denounces
awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has
many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their
hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe
to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense.
The use of Music is lawful; but when it draws away the Heart
from God, then it becomes a Sin to us. God's judgments have
seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their
pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a Man be ever So
high, Death will bring him low; ever So mean, Death will bring
him lower. The Fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will
be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he
shall be owned and declared to be So, in the righteous
Punishment of proud men. Those are in a woeful condition who set
up Sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts.
They are daring in Sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in
scorn that they Call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound
and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer
their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to
the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and
politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying
duties. Also, how Light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a
Sin which lays open to the wrath and Curse of God. Their Judges
perverted Justice. Every Sin needs some other to conceal it.

24-30 Let not any expect to live easily who live wickedly. Sin
weakens the strength, the root of a people; it defaces the
beauty, the blossoms of a people. When God's Word is despised,
and his Law cast away, what can men expect but that God should
utterly abandon them? When God comes forth in wrath, the hills
tremble, fear seizes even great men. When God designs the ruin
of a provoking people, he can find instruments to be employed in
it, as he sent for the Chaldeans, and afterwards the Romans, to
destroy the Jews. Those who would not hear the voice of God
speaking By his prophets, shall hear the voice of their enemies
roaring against them. Let the distressed look which way they
will, all appears dismal. If God frowns upon us, how can any
Creature smile? Let us diligently seek the Well-grounded
Assurance, that when all earthly Helps and comforts shall fail,
God himself will be the strength of our hearts, and our portion
for ever.

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