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A Sermon on Isaiah 5:1-7

The Vineyard of the LORD Destroyed

Let me sing for my beloved
my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
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;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.


And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard,
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?


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.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.


For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice,
but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness,
but behold, an outcry! (ESV)

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Have you heard someone say that the Bible is outdated, that it was written so long ago that it no longer has any relevance for the “advanced” world today? The Bible has one clear message throughout— why the world is as it is, and how it can be fixed. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that far from being too old and irrelevant, Scripture is the only tool we can use to help the state of the world today because it speaks to the core questions and desires that every generation from the dawn of time has wrestled with. The first point Isaiah 5:1-7 addresses is the root of the issues faced today. Man’s ultimate trouble, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is that he does not know and believe the truth about himself, and thus acts accordingly. This passage reinforces the idea that man is not an evolved animal but rather a being created in the image of God. The second point touches on the unreasonable nature of man’s behavior and conduct in light of what God has revealed about Himself. Third, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that man’s conduct is inexcusable— God has done everything that could be done for us, and yet we still choose rebellion. The solution? We must repent from our sins— turn from our disobedience against God and His commands— and trust in Jesus for forgiveness of our sins!


Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 5:1-7, New American Standard Bible

Parable of the Vineyard

1Let me sing now for my beloved

A song of my beloved about His vineyard.

My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.

2He dug it all around, cleared it of stones,

And planted it with the choicest vine.

And He built a tower in the middle of it,

And also carved out a wine vat in it;

Then He expected it to produce good grapes,

But it produced only worthless ones.

3“And now, you inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah,

Judge between Me and My vineyard.

4What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it?

Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?

5So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:

I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;

I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.

6I will lay it waste;

It will not be pruned nor hoed,

But briars and thorns will come up.

I will also command the clouds not to rain on it.”

7For the vineyard of the Lord of armies is the house of Israel,

And the people of Judah are His delightful plant.

So He waited for justice, but behold, there was bloodshed;

For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.

Isaiah 5:1-7, King James Version

1Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2And 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. 3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4What 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? 5And 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: 6And 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. 7For 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.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.