Digging in the vineyard

Vineyards are mentioned in more than 100 verses of the Bible. When traveling in the Bible lands one still sees many vineyards and the various work activities related to them.

The photo below was made south of Bethlehem. It shows a man digging in the rocky soil within a vineyard.

Man digging in vineyard between Bethlehem and Hebron. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Man digging in vineyard between Bethlehem and Hebron. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

One might recall the song of the unfruitful vineyard in Isaiah 5.

He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. (Isaiah 5:2 ESV)

Or the parable of Jesus in Matthew 21.

“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. (Matthew 21:33 ESV)

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