Isaiah 5:18
New International Version
Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes,

New Living Translation
What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!

English Standard Version
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes,

Berean Study Bible
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes,

New American Standard Bible
Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes;

King James Bible
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Christian Standard Bible
Woe to those who drag iniquity with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes,

Contemporary English Version
You are in for trouble! The lies you tell are like ropes by which you drag along sin and evil.

Good News Translation
You are doomed! You are unable to break free from your sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to those who drag wickedness with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes,

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for those who parade iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin along as with a cart rope;

NET Bible
Those who pull evil along using cords of emptiness are as good as dead, who pull sin as with cart ropes.

New Heart English Bible
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and wickedness as with cart rope;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who string people along with lies and empty promises, whose lives are sinful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as it were with a cart rope,

New American Standard 1977
Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto those that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope,

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

American King James Version
Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and sin as it were with a cart rope;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Woe to them that draw sins to them as with a long rope, and iniquities as with a thong of the heifer's yoke:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as the rope of a cart.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as with cart-ropes!

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart-rope:

World English Bible
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and wickedness as with cart rope;

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to those drawing out iniquity with cords of vanity, And as with thick ropes of the cart -- sin.
Study Bible
Woes to the Wicked
17Lambs will graze as in their own pastures, and strangers will feed in the ruins of the wealthy. 18Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes, 19to those who say, “Let Him hurry and hasten His work so that we may see it! Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come so that we may know it!”…
Cross References
Isaiah 59:4
No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case honestly. They rely on empty pleas; they tell lies; they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

Jeremiah 23:10
For the land is full of adulterers--because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness have dried up--their course is evil and their power is misused.

Jeremiah 36:23
And as soon as Jehudi had read three or four columns, Jehoiakim would cut them off with a scribe's knife and throw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll had been consumed by the fire.

Treasury of Scripture

Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

draw

Isaiah 28:15
Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Judges 17:5,13
And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest…

2 Samuel 16:20-23
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do…







Lexicon
Woe
ה֛וֹי (hō·w)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 1945: Ah! alas! ha!

to those who draw
מֹשְׁכֵ֥י (mō·šə·ḵê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4900: To draw, drag

iniquity
הֶֽעָוֺ֖ן (he·‘ā·wōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

with cords
בְּחַבְלֵ֣י (bə·ḥaḇ·lê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

of deceit
הַשָּׁ֑וְא (haš·šāw)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

and pull sin along
חַטָּאָֽה׃ (ḥaṭ·ṭā·’āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

with cart
הָעֲגָלָ֖ה (hā·‘ă·ḡā·lāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5699: Something revolving, a wheeled vehicle

ropes,
וְכַעֲב֥וֹת (wə·ḵa·‘ă·ḇō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5688: Something intwined, a string, wreath, foliage
(18) That draw iniquity with cords of vanity.--The phrase is boldly figurative. Evil-doers are thought of as harnessing themselves as to the chariot of sin. The "cords of vanity"--i.e., of emptiness or ungodliness--are the habits by which they are thus bound. The "cart ropes," thicker and stronger than the "cords," represent the extreme stage, when such habits become irresistibly dominant. Probably the words may point to some idolatrous procession, in which the chariot of Baal or Ashtaroth was thus drawn by their worshippers, like that of Demeter or Cybele in Greece, or Juggernath in India.

Verse 18. - Woe unto them, etc. We come here to the third woe, which is pronounced against those who openly pile up sin upon sin, and scoff at God. These men are represented as "drawing iniquity with cords of vanity," i.e. dragging after them a load of sin by cords that seem too weak; and then as "sinning with a cart-rope," which is a mere variant expression of the same idea. Mr. Cheyne quotes from the Rig-Veda, as a parallel metaphor, the phrase, "Undo the rope of sin." 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.
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