Isaiah 05:18

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Isaiah 5:18



18 Woe [howy] unto them that draw [mashak] iniquity [`avon] with cords
[chebel] of vanity, [shav’] and sin [chatta’ah] as it
were with a cart
[`agalah] rope: [`aboth]KJV-Interlinear


18 Woe to
those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart
ropes; NASB


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The smallest of sins is a burden, even if very slight and seemingly innocent, causing no harm to anyone.

However, that is not the case in reality. One little sin leads to another, leads to another, leads to another.

And so this verse teaches us, that when a person lives in sin, even if in the slightest sense, that life begins to weave greater and greater sins. And without realizing it, those sins become so great that the effort to commit sins becomes greater, such that the person goes to great lengths in order to commit the sins.

And therefore, to draw iniquity with cords of vanity, the word for cords, ‘chebel,’ means a fine hair as in a spiders web. But one hair leads to two hairs, leads to three hairs and so forth until the web becomes massive.

The cart rope, is a very heavy rope that requires effort, great effort in order to pull the cart. It is not the beast of burden or ox that is pulling the cart, but the person who is committing the sins.

So, without effort the little thin hairs of sin are committed, then they increase in number, and increase in mass.

The individual does not think about the little thin hairs. A single spider web line is thin and easily brushed aside with little notice.

But then the sins continue and begin to take over the life of the person, and the sins become not simply easy and unnoticed, but they are pursued with greater and greater effort. It takes then, work, much work to remain in the sins, and that is the pattern of life that a person can fall into.

When you are wrapped up in a massive spider web, burdened with a heavy rope with which you are pulling yourself through life, then you are indeed trapped.

And thus the ‘woe’ warning is issued by God.

Disregard truth, disregard your responsibility and obligations in truth, and you will, and this is not just a possibility, but a certainty, you will fall into the trap and bindings and burdens of the very life that you have placed yourself into by means of your own choices.

Little sins set the direction. Greater sins set the pattern. And finally they all combine to envelope you and trap you in indifference, in belligerence, in disrespect, in rejection of the obligations that God has placed on you with respect to yourself, with respect to the people in your life, in being opinionated, critical, judgmental, brash, in rejection of authority or your role in life, and on and on as the many principles of doctrine tumble in their importance right out of your life.

In the next few verses, even more woes are coming, more warnings are coming. But will you listen or will you continue your nose dive into your eventual personal disaster.



End of study





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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