20 Your strength will be spent in vain,(A) because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.(B)

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a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,(A)
    nor one who gathers fill his arms.

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10 A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath[a] of wine;
    a homer[b] of seed will yield only an ephah[c] of grain.”(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 5:10 That is, about 6 gallons or about 22 liters
  2. Isaiah 5:10 That is, probably about 360 pounds or about 160 kilograms
  3. Isaiah 5:10 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms

13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
    they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.(A)
They will bear the shame of their harvest
    because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”(B)

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“They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.(A)
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.(B)
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.(C)

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15 You will plant but not harvest;(A)
    you will press olives but not use the oil,
    you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.(B)

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You have planted much, but harvested little.(A) You eat, but never have enough.(B) You drink, but never have your fill.(C) You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages,(D) only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

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“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little.(A) What you brought home, I blew(B) away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin,(C) while each of you is busy with your own house.

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16 When anyone came to a heap(A) of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat(B) to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty.(C)

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