evening scripture

June 3, 2008

Woe to you who add house to house
       and join field to field
       till no space is left
       and you live alone in the land.
The LORD Almighty has declared in my hearing:
       “Surely the great houses will become desolate,
       the fine mansions left without occupants.
A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine,
       a homer of seed only an ephah of grain.”
Woe to those who rise early in the morning
       to run after their drinks,
       who stay up late at night
       till they are inflamed with wine.
They have harps and lyres at their banquets,
       tambourines and flutes and wine,
       but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD,
       no respect for the work of his hands.
Therefore my people will go into exile
       for lack of understanding;
       their men of rank will die of hunger
       and their masses will be parched with thirst.
Therefore the grave enlarges its appetite
       and opens its mouth without limit;
       into it will descend their nobles and masses
       with all their brawlers and revelers.
So man will be brought low
       and mankind humbled,
       the eyes of the arrogant humbled.
But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice,
       and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.

Isaiah, Isaiah 5

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