Our current protagonist just got finished relating a very complicated vineyard allegory in which the prophets were servants in the vineyard and the people (both Israelites and Gentiles) were represented by various branches of various trees. But before moving on to another topic, he makes this statement in verse 3:
And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyardWait—based on the allegory he's referring to, those who labored in the vineyard were God's prophets. Is he telling his people "your prophets are blessed because of their work?" Because that doesn't seem very useful, considering he spends this chapter trying to scare people out of Hell. He must be referring to his people when he refers to laborers, which flies in the face of the detailed illustration of God's plan he provided in the previous chapter.
Jacob Forgets The Hands-Off Approach
The prophet makes some interesting amnesiac comments about God across several verses.
He [God] stretches forth his hands unto them [Israel] all the day long
...cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you.
...ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day longBut this everpresent, relentlessly nurturing God is the same one who disappeared twice in the middle of the Allegory of the Olive Tree and was happy to give up and burn stuff if his servants didn't talk him out of it. Clearly, Jacob has as selective memory. Because the god he described in the previous chapter doesn't stretch his hand forth all the day long, doesn't cleave unto his children and doesn't nourish us with his word all the day long.