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Isaiah 5:22

    Isaiah 5:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Woe to them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Cursed are those who are strong to take wine, and great in making mixed drinks!

    Webster's Revision

    Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink;

    World English Bible

    Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    Definitions for Isaiah 5:22

    Mingle - To mix.
    Woe - An expression of grief or indignation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 5:22

    Mighty to drink wine - "They show not," says Kimchi, "their strength in combating their enemies, but in drunkenness and debauchery."

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 5:22

    Wo unto them that are mighty ... - This is the sixth specification of crime. He had already denounced the intemperate in Isaiah 5:11. But probably this was a prevailing sin. Perhaps there was no evidence of reform; and it was needful to "repeat" the admonition, in order that people might be brought to regard it. The prophet repeats a similar denunciation in Isaiah 56:12.

    Mighty - Perhaps those who prided themselves on their ability to drink "much" without becoming intoxicated; who had been so accustomed to it, that they defied its effects, and boasted of their power to resist its usual influence. A similar idea is expressed in Isaiah 56:12.

    Men of strength - The Chaldee understands this of "rich" men; but, probably, the reference is to those who boasted that they were able to bear "much" strong drink.

    To mingle - To mix wine with spices, dates, drugs, etc., to make it more intoxicating; Proverbs 9:2, Proverbs 9:5. They boasted that they were able to drink, without injury, liquor of extraordinary intoxicating qualities.

    Strong drink - Note, Isaiah 5:11. On the subject of the strong drink used in the East, "see Harmer's Observations," vol. ii. pp. 140-148. Ed. Lond. 1808.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 5:22

    5:22 To mingle - To drink: the antecedent being put for the consequent: for they mingled it in order to drinking.