Isaiah 5:20

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Woe vnto them that call euill good, and good euill, that put darkenes for light, and light for darkenesse, that put bitter for sweete, and sweete for bitter.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Woe 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!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
- American Standard Version (1901)

Cursed are those who give the name of good to evil, and of evil to what is good: who make light dark, and dark light: who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter!
- Basic English Bible

Woe unto them 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!
- Darby Bible

Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
- Webster's Bible

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!
- World English Bible

Wo [to] those saying to evil `good,' And to good `evil,' Putting darkness for light, and light for darkness, Putting bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness; that change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 5:20


5:20 To them - That take away the difference between good and evil; that justify wicked men and things, and condemn piety, or righteous persons.


Discussion for Isaiah 5

  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Eagle rock, I think you are right on. It's last call here, especially with all the crud 2105-16 saw passed in the house. Rev. 9:21 ,they repented not of their murders (abortion), sorceries(Greek:pharmacist),fornications (Strong's doesn't call it regular immoral sex!) and their thefts. We live in a drug culture with the spirit of rebellion( to God's laws, man changed his to suit) God bless y'all
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX ! To my beloved brothers and sisters in and through Christ our Holy and Blessed Lord and near future Majesty King to come. Please read all of chapter five indeed amen. Shalom Yedda dim {beloved one}. SHALOM ISRAEL ZION ! COME LORD YESHUA AMEN AND AMEN !
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    BEHOLD THIS PARADOX INDEED ! ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE BROUGHT TO PASS IN THE END OF THIS AGE OF THE GENTILES INDEED, GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH IN THE HIGHEST, IN AND THROUGH HIS SON WHO LIVES AND REIGNS AT HIS RIGHT HAND NOW AND FOREVER MORE, THE ONLY KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, CHROST YESHUA JESUS, GLORY AMEN AND AMEN ! Shalom yedda dim.
  • Faithful
    I think Isaiah is a truly a likeness of what is happening in the world today .verse 20.
  • James Ndungu for verse 4
    God chose Israel to be His ambassador,but they didn 't recognize themselves as chosen generation, to represent God, but they did not,to seek and save,there for the Israelites received the course instead of blessing,the Israelites of today are repeating instead of taking advantage of reading the history, searching the scripture for the truth. May IAM intervene and make us to do what Elijah, John the Baptist did reprove the Church and state. Amen.
  • Cbaux
    The Lord woke me with this chapter on my mind. He said it was for America. This is in line with what the Lord had me write 15 or more ago with "Letters to the churches. " Which ended with the Lords quote about those letter. "Can the wind blow and the leaf quiver and it is not I says the Lord! " Soon you see these things come to pass.

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