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 for Isaiah 5:20

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 for Isaiah 5:20

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 5:20

  • Patrick Boone on Isaiah 5:20
    I'd like to know why astrology is frowned upon but explains the Bible better than any pastor ever could?
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    Patrick, astrology is 'frowned upon', as by definition, it is the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs. Man has for eons wanted to have some assistance to forecast the future for himself & the world he lives in, & without the help from the Bible & having faith in a trustworthy, all-powerful God, he has chosen to look to the heavens for signs. This has never worked though helps relieve some short-lived uncertainty to the seeker.

    I've read the Bible through and have yet to find the 'science' of astrology in there and helpful to me in understanding myself & my world, both present & future. Only God's Word, without the need of heavenly bodies, discerns our heart, thoughts, & gives us a hope for this life & that to come. True, there are various references to the stars in the Bible (e.g. Amos 5:8, Job 9:7-10; 38:31, 32), but these are referred to as their constellations which God has set in the heavens, but not for the purpose of them directing the affairs of men.

    If you're interested (& I don't give full assent to it), there a short study on this by Perry Stone. Once in his Manna-Fest window, find the Topic: The Enoch Cipher and the future cosmic signs of Christ's Return. Here he gives the connection between the specific setting of the constellations and Israel's tribal structure & other details. But even here, the 'science' of astrology & astronomy are vastly different.
  • ASTROLOGY KILLS - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    I used to think that too, when I was young and troubled. Never occurred to me to look in a Bible for advise.

    I studied and was selling people on my CRAFT.

    Then someone showed me I had a death sentence on my life for doing it. I was born again. Believe it when I say, demons don't want to let you go. You're only a walking advertisement for Satan. All those people who live their days reading it, will go to hell if they don't repent and turn to Jesus for help getting out of it.

    Also, it's a Curse on the Children of deceived parents.

    God made ALL of the stars, planets and geometry.

    You need to do a scripture search on words like: stars, astrologers, sorcerers, prognosticators, worship of stars. DEATH SENTENCE.

    Buy a Bible. It will save your soul.
  • Stephen - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    HI. i approve of the way you answered the above question on astrology. Not that you need my approval but it draws me to you to ask a question. i am being oppressed by spiritual forces. i hear voices. The bible refers to them as serpents. i believe they are dark fallen angels. The holy spirit is working in me and has convinced me of alot of sins. i am trying to draw nigh to him, so he will draw nigh to me, I have fibromyalgia. the level of anxiety i have is very high . i read the bible day and night to learn what to do and what not to do... my question is this... sometimes i drink a small bottle of fireball alcohol to settle my nerves. the bottle is the small ones they sell at the liquor store. it is 35% alcohol by volume. The references in the bible i am currently studying are isaiah 5: 11 and 5: 22 as well as 1 timothy 5:23 . There are also a few others (one makes a reference to fermentation). In isaiah 5:11 it says (strong drink) which states in the KJV study bible at the bottom that strong drink refers to fermented drink. It states woe unto them that wake up in the morning and continue until night. On isaiah 5:22 it makes a second reference to men of strength to mingle strong drink. (fermented). My understanding is that an alcohol above a certain alcohol content no longer contains fermentation. Psalm 75:8 i see as well but dont understand. My question is do you think me drinking one of those ( it wont get me drunk) in the evening is a sin? So long as i dont get drunk? I mean not to do wrong here or to test GOD. My pain is high as well from fibro though. a second ? i have Also i have been going over Gods healing as well and have learned much there. 1st ref james 5:14,15,16. More ref: Lev16-29 Lev:17:5-7. Ex: 30:33 Lev:78: 20-27 and Lev 20: 17,18. Any insight on the second question i would welcome. Thank you.
  • Carleton John 14 and thoughts on Isaiah 5:20
    John 14 has so much warmth and hope in Jesus, the Father and the Comforter reigning while Jesus was in earth himself and after in the believer's earth. Jesus said the Father will send another Comforter. When the believer by love keeps His commandments and sayings, then Jesus will manifest himself to them. Jesus and the Father by love will come unto the believer and abode with them as the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost. Jesus gives us His peace. The Father in Jesus was doing the works, Phillip had a choice to believe now in these works or to believe in Jesus himself for the very work's sake.

    Other thoughts: Some day Jesus himself will return for His faithful followers and that hour in that day will be sudden. For God, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. Let His peace reign. There is a school song that says, Let his Peace begin with me. (maybe I can find it and put it onto the comments). Repentance and faith in this Work creates a clean heart where the Comforter can reign. Think of all the hearts with this love abiding in steadfast faithfulness and love, little lights in a world that cannot comprehend light.

  • Carleton - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    *This song was found from a handwritten copy with no title or identified authorship. Copyright unknown.

    *Peace Begins With Me

    In a world of darkness Let me be a light; Let me bring the sunshine to drive away the night. In a world of sadness, let my light shine through, Giving hope and comfort in everything I do! And I will shine God's light for every one to see; So we may share in the Joy of peace and unity.

    In a world of strangers, Let me be a friend. Let the light of kindness Glow until the end. In a world of hatred, Let my love shine through, Bringing us together, In friendship, me and you! And I will shine God's light for every one to see; So we may share in the joy of peace and unity.

    Let God make tomorrow brighter than today, Let the world be better because I passed this way. In a world of questions I have found the key: God can make a difference When peace begins with me!

    God can make a difference When peace begins with me! Oh, yes peace begins with me.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20

    That's probably a great song to listen to. I love the lyrics. Thanks for sharing. It made me think of this song I listen to often, that's similar.

    Go on YouTube and listen to 'Peace Prayer' by John Michael Talbot. He's a monk that sings Psalms mostly.

    He was a Methodist but he for whatever reason became Catholic. I haven't heard his whole testimony; just pieces.

    His brother, Terry Talbot sings a song named: I Saw Him, you have to hear too. It's about the Roman centurion who crucified the Lord. It will make you cry.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    Hi Mishael, I have only heard this song sung by our little Christian School nearby. It has been at least three or more years already. Thankfully I asked for a copy at the time. I will when I can look up the song you mentioned and give it a listen!

    I feel the Holy Spirit drawing near to our discussion. If we let Him, he will make us more alike.

  • Jane on Isaiah 5:20
    My pastor did a message on angels, our ministering spirits and said that the Lord sends healing angels to us. I always thought only Jesus/God heals? I could not find healing angel in the bible. Where is it?
  • Study Tips - in Reply on Isaiah 5:20
    Healing comes by faith in Fathers ability, willingness AND His Word, Jesus Christ.

    Faith cometh by hearing; hearing by the Word of God. That's Jesus.

    If your faith just quivers, we need to feed it big, on some Scriptures (Bible). :)

    At the entrance of this website is 2 search boxes. One is blank; the other you can dial in: Books, Chapters, Verses

    USE the one that is BLANK and Type in: HEALING. Choose either Old Testament only, New Testament only; or read all of them!

    The search engine will go get every verse with HEALING in it. Do the same thing with the word, Faith.

    Your Heart is a vault for Bible Scripture. If you don't read specifically for Healing, or deliverance from demonic activity, faith for living for Jesus.... there's just an echo of emptiness in there.

    The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. He's not going to say much if you rarely ask Him questions.

    You can gain a whole new perspective on scripture; how it is used, how OT people used it and how Jesus and the disciples used it. It creates a closeness between us and the Creator.

    Good studying Mishael


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