Now Israel had fallen, the prophet’s warnings turned to Judah. Isaiah likened Judah to God’s vineyard, which God loved and planted with the ‘choicest of vines’, but which yielded only bad fruit:
Isaiah 5:5-6Now I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
not to rain on it.
The focus was Judah’s pride in thinking they could rely on idols and their own idols for anything. This couldn’t last:
Isaiah 2:17-19 The arrogance of man will be brought low
and human pride humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
and the idols will totally disappear.
People will flee to caves in the rocks
and to holes in the ground
from the fearful presence of the Lord
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.