New American Bible (Revised Edition)
11 [a]Ah! Those who rise early in the morning
in pursuit of strong drink,
inflamed by wine,
12 Banqueting on wine with harp and lyre,
timbrel and flute,(A)
But the deed of the Lord they do not regard,
the work of his hands they do not see!(B)
13 Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of understanding,(C)
Its nobles starving,
its masses parched with thirst.
- 5:11–13 An oracle against debauchery and indifference. Strong drink: the Hebrew word shekar means either beer or a type of wine, perhaps date wine, not distilled liquor.