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Isaiah 5:20–21

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;

oThat put darkness for light, and light for darkness;

That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21  Woe unto them that are pwise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

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Isaiah 5:20–21 — The New International Version (NIV)

20 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.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes

and clever in their own sight.

Isaiah 5:20–21 — English Standard Version (ESV)

20 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!

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

and shrewd in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — New Living Translation (NLT)

20 What sorrow for those who say

that evil is good and good is evil,

that dark is light and light is dark,

that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes

and think themselves so clever.

Isaiah 5:20–21 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

20 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!

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — New Century Version (NCV)

20 How terrible it will be for people who call good things bad

and bad things good,

who think darkness is light

and light is darkness,

who think sour is sweet

and sweet is sour.

21 How terrible it will be for people who think they are wise

and believe they are clever.

Isaiah 5:20–21 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

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! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

20 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! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and intelligent in their own esteem!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

20 How horrible it will be for those 

who call evil good and good evil, 

who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, 

who turn what is bitter into something sweet 

and what is sweet into something bitter. 

21 How horrible it will be for those 

who think they are wise 

and consider themselves to be clever. 

Isaiah 5:20–21 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

20 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.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion

and clever in their own sight.

Isaiah 5:20–21 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

20 Ah, you 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!

21 Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes,

and shrewd in your own sight!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

20 Ah! Those who call evil good and good evil,

those who put darkness for light and light for darkness,

those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

21 Ah! Those who are wise in their own eyes

and have understanding in their view!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

20 How terrible it will be for those who say

that what is evil is good!

How terrible for those who say

that what is good is evil!

How terrible for those who say

that darkness is light

and light is darkness!

How terrible for those who say

that what is bitter is sweet

and what is sweet is bitter!

21 How terrible it will be for those who think they are wise!

How terrible for those who think they are really clever!

Isaiah 5:20–21 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

20 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!

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes

And clever in their own sight!


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