New International Version
No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
King James Bible
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong 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.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Strong drink "Palm wine" - This is the proper meaning of the word שכר shechar, σικερα. See note on Isaiah 5:11. All enjoyment shall cease: the sweetest wine shall become bitter to their taste.
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LibraryJune the Twenty-Fifth Desolations Wrought by Sin
"The Lord hath spoken this word." --ISAIAH xxiv. 1-12. "The Lord hath spoken this word," and it is a word of judgment. It unveils some of the terrible issues of sin. See the effects of sin upon the spirit of man. "The merry-hearted do sigh." Life loses its wings and its song. The buoyancy and the optimism die out of the soul. The days move with heavy feet, and duty becomes very stale and unwelcome. If only our ears were keen enough we should hear many a place of hollow laughter moaning with …
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Visions of Future Glory
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.
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.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more.
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