Isaiah 5:21
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New International Version
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

New Living Translation
What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.

English Standard Version
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

New American Standard Bible
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!

King James Bible
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for those who are wise in their own opinion, and clever in their own reckoning!

NET Bible
Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, those who think they possess understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto those that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight!

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

American King James Version
Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you that rue wise in your own eyes, and prudent in your own conceits.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and intelligent in their own esteem!

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that are wise their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

World English Bible
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to the wise in their own eyes, And -- before their own faces -- intelligent!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house and a field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they never know when they have enough. Covetousness is idolatry; and while many envy the prosperous, wretched man, the Lord denounces awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense. The use of music is lawful; but when it draws away the heart from God, then it becomes a sin to us. God's judgments have seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes. The fifth woe. Self-conceit is the antithesis of humility; and as humility is, in a certain sense, the crowning virtue, so self-conceit is a sort of finishing touch put to vice. While a man thinks humbly of himself, there is a chance that he may repent and amend. When he is "wise in his own eyes," he does not see why he should change.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Woe unto therm that are wise in their own eyes,.... And yet betray such stupidity and sottishness, as to call things by their wrong names; and make such a perverse judgment of them, as before described. This is a true description of the Scribes and Pharisees in Christ's time; who said, "dost thou teach us? are we blind also?" John 9:34.

and prudent in their own sight; being wise above what was written; leaving the word of God, and following the traditions of the elders.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Fifth Woe—against those who were so "wise in their own eyes" as to think they knew better than the prophet, and therefore rejected his warnings (Isa 29:14, 15).

Isaiah 5:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woes to the Wicked
20Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight! 22Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink,…
Cross References
Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

1 Corinthians 3:18
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Isaiah 37:23
Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Isaiah 40:23
He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

Isaiah 47:10
You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, 'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me.'
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

wise

Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 26:12,16 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool …

John 9:41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

in their own sight. Heb. before their face

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