Isaiah 27 – “A Vineyard Song”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The people will sing an allegorical song about God’s ingathering of the exiles.

II. Photo
God tends to his vineyard: “I the Lord keep watch over it, I water it every moment; That no harm may befall it, I watch it night and day.” (v. 3)

III. Important Verses
1: In that day the LORD will punish, With His great, cruel, mighty sword Leviathan the Elusive Serpent — Leviathan the Twisting Serpent; He will slay the Dragon of the sea.
6: [In days] to come Jacob shall strike root, Israel shall sprout and blossom, And the face of the world Shall be covered with fruit.
7-8: Was he beaten as his beater has been? Did he suffer such slaughter as his slayers? Assailing them with fury unchained, His pitiless blast bore them off On a day of gale.
12-13: And in that day, the LORD will beat out [the peoples like grain] from the channel of the Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt; and you shall be picked up one by one, O children of Israel! And in that day, a great ram’s horn shall be sounded; and the strayed who are in the land of Assyria and the expelled who are in the land of Egypt shall come and worship the LORD on the holy mount, in Jerusalem.

IV. Outline

1. God will conquer the Leviathan
2-6. A vineyard song
    2. Introduction
    3. God's protection
    4-5. God protects those who follow him and punish those who don’t
6. Israel will prosper in the land
7-8. God punished Israel’s oppressors
10-11. The desolation of the enemy’s city
12-13. The exiles will return

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. “Isaiah 1-39” The Anchor Bible vol. 19 (New York: Doubleday, 2000).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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