Isaiah 05:11

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Isaiah 5:11



11 Woe [howy] unto them that rise up
[shakam] in the morning, [boqer] that they may follow [radaph] strong drink; [shekar] that continue [‘achar] until night, [nesheph] till
[yayin] inflame [dalaq] them! KJV-Interlinear


11 Woe to
those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink;, Who
stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them! NASB


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Woe, is an interjection designed to gain the attention of the listener or reader. Woe means alas, aha, oh. This is a lamentation and is a warning in order to strike a nerve and make clear, that the behavior being described, is not a good behavior, but one in which the person will suffer greatly. But more than that, this describes the pattern of life that people have adopted for themselves, a pattern that excludes God and truth.

Arise up early is generally a good thing, but when the priorities are to begin the day in sin, and continue in sin or evil of whatever sort, then the arising up early describes the engrained pattern of life that the person has entrenched in the core of their life. In effect they eat, sleep, and work evil from within themselves, and around the clock.

Strong drink is a descriptive term that identifies something that causes intoxication more rapidly than would occur with a normal wine or beverage. Thus the more intense drinks or concoctions with which the person drives themselves to a state of intoxication.

Continue until night … until inflamed, means more that drinking all day and maintaining a drunken state, this creates a picture of a daily habit. Day in and day out the routine is the same. The pattern of life is disregard for doctrine and a pursuit of something that the person enjoys, namely the enjoyment of evil. Evil becomes the general and accepted way of life. Evil becomes the intoxication and escape from reality.

And so arrogance leads to greed which leads to a drunken habit of life. While the responsibilities of life, namely the work or food production, which are the staples of life, are ignored. Production drops to virtually nothing, people are starving, homes become empty, and there is an indifference toward the difficult state of affairs all around.

Instead of being responsible, there is irresponsibility. Instead of work there is the party atmosphere. Instead of recognizing ones obligations there is a carefree attitude absent of obligations.

And so it is, when the life excludes doctrine, then that same disregard of truth overflows to the physical life and becomes a pattern of life which is evil and destructive.



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Study [by instruction],

to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]

unto God,

a workman [student]

that need not be ashamed [ignorant],

rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]

the word of truth [Bible doctrine].

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,

If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,

If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,

Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.

These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.

And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.

To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.

The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.

But each person has to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.

Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.

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