The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to them, "I assure you: Moses didn't give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven.
because My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink.
Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.
He ties his donkey to a vine, and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine. He washes his clothes in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes.
You uprooted a vine from Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared [a place] for it; it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered by its shade, and the mighty cedars with its branches.
It sent out sprouts toward the Sea and shoots toward the River.
Why have You broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its fruit?
The boar from the forest gnaws at it, and creatures of the field feed on it.
Return, God of Hosts. Look down from heaven and see; take care of this vine,
the root Your right hand has planted, the shoot that You made strong for Yourself.
It was cut down and burned up; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
Let Your hand be with the man at Your right hand, with the son of man You have made strong for Yourself.
Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name.
Restore us, LORD God of Hosts; look [on us] with favor, and we will be saved.
On that day the branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of Israel's survivors.
I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one's vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted it with the finest vines. He built a tower in the middle of it and even hewed out a winepress there. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded worthless grapes.
So now, residents of Jerusalem and men of Judah, please judge between Me and My vineyard.
What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?
Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland. It will not be pruned or weeded; thorns and briers will grow up. I will also give orders to the clouds that rain should not fall on it.
For the vineyard of the LORD of Hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah, the plant He delighted in. He looked for justice but saw injustice, for righteousness, but heard cries of wretchedness.
I planted you, a choice vine from the very best seed. How then could you turn into a degenerate, foreign vine?
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My plot of land. They have turned My desirable plot into a desolate wasteland.
"Son of man, how does the wood of the vine, that branch among the trees of the forest, compare to any other wood?
Can wood be taken from it to make something useful? Or can anyone make a peg from it to hang things on?
In fact, it is put into the fire as fuel. The fire devours both of its ends, and the middle is charred. Can it be useful for anything?
Even when it was whole it could not be made into a useful object. How much less can it ever be made into anything useful when the fire has devoured it and it is charred!
"Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire as fuel, so I will give up the residents of Jerusalem.
Israel is a lush vine; it yields fruit for itself. The more his fruit increased, the more he increased the altars. The better his land produced, the better they made the sacred pillars.
"Listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your colleagues sitting before you; indeed, these men are a sign that I am about to bring My servant, the Branch.
"Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away.
And He told this parable: "A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none.
Let's go early to the vineyards; let's see if the vine has budded, if the blossom has opened, if the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.
Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon. He leased the vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for his fruit 1,000 pieces of silver.
I have my own vineyard. The 1,000 are for you, Solomon, but 200 for those who guard its fruits.
On that day sing about a desirable vineyard:
I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it regularly. I guard it night and day so that no one disturbs it.
Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever; they are the branch I planted, the work of My hands, so that I may be glorified.
to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD, to glorify Him.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
Then He began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away.
For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building.