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

New Living Translation
What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

English Standard Version
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,

New American Standard Bible
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink,

King James Bible
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are fearless at mixing beer,

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for those who are heroes at drinking wine, and champions in mixing strong drink,

NET Bible
Those who are champions at drinking wine are as good as dead, who display great courage when mixing strong drinks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are champions at mixing drinks,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto those that are mighty to drink wine and men of strength to mingle strong drink;

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mix strong drink:

American King James Version
Woe to them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at drunkenness.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto them that are mighty for drinking wine, and men valiant to mix strong drink;

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

World English Bible
Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink;

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to the mighty to drink wine, And men of strength to mingle strong drink.
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 22. - Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine. The sixth woe seems at first sight a repetition of the second. But there is this difference, that the drinkers in the present verse do not succumb to their liquor, or remain at the banquet all day, but proceed to the business of their lives, attend courts and judge causes, but with brain obfuscated and moral vision bedimmed, so that they are easily induced to pervert justice on receipt of a bribe. The sixth woe may be considered to be pronounced rather upon their corruption than upon their drinking, and so to be really quite distinct from the second (comp. Proverbs 31:4, 5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine,.... That can bear a great deal, and not be overcome and intoxicated with it; that try their strength this way with others, and get the mastery and glory in it: not mighty to fight their enemies, as Kimchi observes, and defend their country, but to drink wine; by which their strength was weakened: wherefore some think soldiers are particularly designed, given to drinking, who are derided and mocked, as being valiant in the warfare of Bacchus, and not of Mars:

and men of strength, to mingle strong drink; in the cup, and then drink it: or "men of war"; the same with "mighty" before. The Targum interprets it, "men of riches": who can afford to drink wine and strong drink; which carries the sense not to the strength of their bodies, but of their purses: the former sense seems best. The Scribes and Pharisees loved the cup and the platter, and to be at feasts, and to have the uppermost seats there, Matthew 23:6 and that those that sat in Moses's chair are intended appears from the following words.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22, 23. Sixth Woe—against corrupt judges, who, "mighty" in drinking "wine" (a boast still not uncommon), if not in defending their country, obtain the means of self-indulgence by taking bribes ("reward"). The two verses are closely joined [Maurer].

mingle strong drink—not with water, but spices to make it intoxicating (Pr 9:2, 5; So 8:2).

take away the righteousness—set aside the just claims of those having a righteous cause.

Isaiah 5:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woes to the Wicked
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, 23Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!…
Cross References
Exodus 23:8
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Proverbs 23:20
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Proverbs 23:29
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Proverbs 31:4
It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,

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 22:13
But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"

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

Isaiah 28:7
And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

Isaiah 56:12
"Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better."

Habakkuk 2:15
"Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!
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