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Readings for the 18th Sunday After Pentecost: Isaiah 5.1-7

This Sunday's Old Testament reading comes from Isaiah 5:1-7 (NRSV): 

Let me 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 wild 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 wild 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 waste; 
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 pleasant planting; 
he expected justice, 
but saw bloodshed; 
righteousness, 
but heard a cry!