Woe to the Wicked

Isaiah 5

8 Woe to those who 1 join h house to house;
They add field to field,
Till there is no place
Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
9 i In my hearing the LORD of hosts said,
"Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one j bath, 2
And a homer of seed shall yield one 3 ephah."

11 k Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
That they may 4 follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
12 l The harp and the strings,
The tambourine and flute,
And wine are in their feasts;
But m they do not regard the work of the LORD,
Nor consider the operation of His hands.

13 n Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no o knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
And opened its mouth beyond measure;
Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
15 People shall be brought down,
p Each man shall be humbled,
And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be q exalted in judgment,
And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
17 Then the lambs shall feed in their pasture,
And in the waste places of r the 5 fat ones strangers shall eat.

18 Woe to those who 6 draw iniquity with cords of 7 vanity,
And sin as if with a cart rope;
19 s That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work,
That we may see it;
And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
That we may know it."
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are t wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
23 Who u justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!

24 Therefore, v as the 8 fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So w their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 x Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people;
He has stretched out His hand against them
And stricken them,
And y the hills trembled.
Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.
z For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

26 a He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
And will b whistle to them from c the end of the earth;
Surely d they shall come with speed, swiftly.
27 No one will be weary or stumble among them,
No one will slumber or sleep;
Nor e will the belt on their loins be loosed,
Nor the strap of their sandals be broken;
28 f Whose arrows are sharp,
And all their bows bent;
Their horses' hooves will 9 seem like flint,
And their wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Their roaring will be like a lion,
They will roar like young lions;
Yes, they will roar
And lay hold of the prey;
They will carry it away safely,
And no one will deliver.
30 In that day they will roar against them
Like the roaring of the sea.
And if one g looks to the land,
Behold, darkness and 10 sorrow;
And the light is darkened by the clouds.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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