Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
Covetous landowners tried to corner the real estate market till there was an acute shortage of houses and land, yet the owners dwelt in solitary splendor. The captivity will leave many houses empty, and the land will yield only fractional harvests. The grapevines growing on ten acres of land will yield only about five gallons of wine and ten bushels of seed will only produce about one bushel of grain.