Song 385 – A Vineyard

By August 17, 2018Songs

This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song. The image is from a bible study web page. II Nephi 15:1-30 is where Nephi was teaching his brother Jacob the Books of Isaiah, and quotes Isaiah 5:1-30. The first part of verse 1, “Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard,” is not quoted in the song, just the rest of the chapter, the song itself, is quoted. It was a song. I’ve made it a song again. I really like this song. I like the message about building a business, planting the choicest thoughts, building a tower to watch over the business, only to find the business brings forth “wild grapes.” So, the Lord of the business counsels with his co-workers, to find what he could have done more. He prophesies the evils of sprawl and of joining house to house until there can be no place to be alone, and how there shall be great and fair cities without inhabitant. He talks about music (the harp, the viol, the tabret, and the pipe) and wine and how these keep people from finding the Lord. He warns of vanity, and those that call evil good and good evil, who drink wine and strong drink, and justify taking away the righteousness of the righteous. Their root shall be rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up as dust for leaving the law of the Lord of Hosts. Hills will tremble, and he will lift up an ensign to the nations (the restored church). Soldiers shall fly to the Middle East and none shall slumber nor sleep, nor the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes broken. Their arrows shall be sharp, their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs like flint, their wheels like a whirlwind, and their roaring like a lion. They shall carry away safe, and none shall deliver. Behold darkness and sorrow. How could anyone, other than a prophet who has seen our day, write these words hundreds and thousands of years ago?

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