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Isaiah 5:20–22

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.

22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine

and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

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Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine

and champions at mixing drinks,

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,

and valiant men in mixing strong drink,

Isaiah 5:20–22 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

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!

22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine,

And men of strength to mingle strong drink:

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,

Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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.

22 How terrible it will be for people who are famous for drinking wine

and are champions at mixing drinks.

Isaiah 5:20–22 — American Standard Version (ASV)

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

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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! 22 Woe unto them that are mighty for drinking wine, and men valiant to mix strong drink;

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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. 

22 How horrible it will be for those 

who are heroes at drinking wine, 

who are champions at mixing drinks, 

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,

who are fearless at mixing beer,

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine

and valiant at mixing drink,

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 Ah! Heroes at drinking wine,

and men of capability at mixing strong drink!

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 How terrible it will be for those

who are heroes at drinking wine!

How terrible for those

who are heroes at mixing drinks!

Isaiah 5:20–22 — 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!

22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine

And valiant men in mixing strong drink,


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