Isaiah 24:9
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New International Version
No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.

New Living Translation
Gone are the joys of wine and song; alcoholic drink turns bitter in the mouth.

English Standard Version
No more do they drink wine with singing; strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.

New American Standard Bible
They do not drink wine with song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.

King James Bible
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They no longer sing and drink wine; beer is bitter to those who drink it.

International Standard Version
No longer do they drink wine accompanied by singing; even beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.

NET Bible
They no longer sing and drink wine; the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People no longer drink wine when they sing. Liquor tastes bad to its drinkers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall not drink wine with a song; the drink shall be bitter to them that would drink it.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

American King James Version
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

American Standard Version
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall not drink wine with a song: the drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

Darby Bible Translation
They do not drink wine with a song; strong drink is bitter to them that drink it.

English Revised Version
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

World English Bible
They will not drink wine with a song. Strong drink will be bitter to those who drink it.

Young's Literal Translation
With a song they drink not wine, Bitter is strong drink to those drinking it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1-12 All whose treasures and happiness are laid up on earth, will soon be brought to want and misery. It is good to apply to ourselves what the Scripture says of the vanity and vexation of spirit which attend all things here below. Sin has turned the earth upside down; the earth is become quite different to man, from what it was when God first made it to be his habitation. It is, at the best, like a flower, which withers in the hands of those that please themselves with it, and lay it in their bosoms. The world we live in is a world of disappointment, a vale of tears; the children of men in it are but of few days, and full of trouble, See the power of God's curse, how it makes all empty, and lays waste all ranks and conditions. Sin brings these calamities upon the earth; it is polluted by the sins of men, therefore it is made desolate by God's judgments. Carnal joy will soon be at end, and the end of it is heaviness. God has many ways to imbitter wine and strong drink to those who love them; distemper of body, anguish of mind, and the ruin of the estate, will make strong drink bitter, and the delights of sense tasteless. Let men learn to mourn for sin, and rejoice in God; then no man, no event, can take their joy from them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - They shall not drink wine with a song. Men will still drink; they will seek to drown their care in wine; but they will not have the heart to attempt a song as they drink. Even in their cups they will be silent. Strong drink shall be bitter. By "strong drink" (shekar) seems to be meant any intoxicating liquor whatever, including wine. Many such liquors were drunk in Palestine (see 'Dict. of the Bible,' vol. 1. pp. 458, 459). All were more or less pleasant to the taste; but they would taste bitter to those who were warped and soured by the calamities of the time, which would prevent all enjoyment.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They shall not drink wine with a song,.... They that have wine to drink shall not drink it with that pleasure they have heretofore done; nor shall their drinking be attended with merry songs, such as are sung by drunkards, who, while they are quaffing, are chanting to the sound of the viol, or other musical instruments; see Amos 6:5,

strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it; they shall have no gust for it, or relish of it, as they formerly had; either through bodily diseases upon themselves, or because of the calamities upon the nations and states in which they dwell: this will be the case of her that says, "I sit a queen, and shall see no sorrow", Revelation 18:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. with a song—the usual accompaniment of feasts.

strong drink—(See on [733]Isa 5:11). "Date wine" [Horsley].

bitter—in consequence of the national calamities.

Isaiah 24:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Judgment on the Earth
8The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases. 9They do not drink wine with song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.

Isaiah 5:20
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.

Isaiah 5:22
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,

Ezekiel 26:13
I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more.
Treasury of Scripture

They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

Isaiah 5:11,12 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow …

Psalm 69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a …

Amos 6:5-7 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments …

Amos 8:3,10 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, said the …

Zechariah 9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue …

Ephesians 5:18,19 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…

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