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Advent Day 9: Isaiah

05 December 2011 by FX Turk

Isaiah 5:8-23 (ESV)

 8Woe to those who join house to house,
   who add field to field,
until there is no more room,
   and you are made to dwell alone
   in the midst of the land.
9The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing: "Surely many houses shall be desolate,
   large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath,
   and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah."
 11Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
   that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening
   as wine inflames them!
12 They have lyre and harp,
   tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,
but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD,
   or see the work of his hands.

 13Therefore my people go into exile
    for lack of knowledge;
their honored men go hungry,
   and their multitude is parched with thirst.
14Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
   and opened its mouth beyond measure,
and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude will go down,
   her revelers and he who exults in her.
15 Man is humbled, and each one is brought low,
   and the eyes of the haughty are brought low.
16 But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice,
   and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
17Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture,
   and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.

 18Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood,
   who draw sin as with cart ropes,
19who say: "Let him be quick,
   let him speed his work
   that we may see it;
let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near,
   and let it come, that we may know it!"
20Woe 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!
21Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
   and shrewd in their own sight!
22Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
   and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
   and deprive the innocent of his right!