Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number. Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Jehovah promised to spare a good cluster of grapes, which refers to the faithful remnant, in an otherwise bad vineyard, the rest of the nation. This preserved remnant would dwell in the land. Flocks would graze on the Plain of Sharon in the west and in the Valley of Achor to the east, all for the benefit of the saints. As for the apostate mass, it was a different story – they had forsaken the temple and worship of God, therefore they would suffer from the sword.