Woes That Isaiah Pronounced on Judah

Leaving God out of our lives allows sin to come into them. He wants us to enjoy life (l Timothy 6:l7) but to avoid those activities that could lead us away from Him. A few years ago a friend of mine in the ministry left his family and started living in immorality and doing … More


In this passage Isaiah pronounces a sixfold woe upon the sins of the nation of Judah:

  1. Exploiting others (vv. 8-10) - By foreclosing mortgages, the wealthy land owners acquired adjoining land to form huge estates.
  2. Drunkenness (vv. 11-17) - He describes people so addicted to alcohol that they begin their drinking as soon as they wake up in the morning, and continue till late at night.
  3. Carelessness (vv. 18-19) - They even mock the Holy one of Israel and dare the Lord to punish them.
  4. Deception (v. 20) - The people were using God’s vocabulary but not His dictionary.
  5. Pride (v. 21) - Instead of listening to God, the leaders consulted with each other and made decisions based on their own wisdom.
  6. Perverting justice (vv. 22-25) - The judges who were supposed to enforce the law used their authority to free the guilty and punish the innocent.

The people suffered because they rejected God’s law. It is sad to see so many people today searching  for meaning in life while spurning God’s Word. We can avoid the error of Israel and Judah by making reading and applying the Bible a high priority in our lives.


When people do not carefully observe the distinction between good and evil, destruction soon follows. If I do not take God’s Word, the Bible, as my standard, soon my moral choices will appear fuzzy.

Isaiah 5:8-25 (English Standard Version)

Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing: "Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant. For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah." Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD, or see the work of his hands. Therefore my people go into exile for lack of knowledge; their honored men go hungry, and their multitude is parched with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure, and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude will go down, her revelers and he who exults in her. Man is humbled, and each one is brought low, and the eyes of the haughty are brought low. But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness. Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture, and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich. Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes, who say: "Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!" 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! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

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