13 (A)Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no (B)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,
(C)Each man shall be humbled,
And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
16 But the Lord of hosts shall be (D)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 (E)the [a]fat ones strangers shall eat.

18 Woe to those who [b]draw iniquity with cords of [c]vanity,
And sin as if with a cart rope;
19 (F)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 (G)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 (H)justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!

24 Therefore, (I)as the [d]fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So (J)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.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 5:17 Lit. fatlings, rich ones
  2. Isaiah 5:18 drag
  3. Isaiah 5:18 emptiness or falsehood
  4. Isaiah 5:24 Lit. tongue of fire