And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
Angrily, God asked Judah what more could He have done and why did He receive such poor returns. He then announced the impending punishment. He would take away Judah’s hedge of protection. The country would be invaded and laid waste. It would return to briers and thorns and suffer drought. All this looked forward, of course, to the oncoming captivity.