to those who rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; who stay late into the night, until wine inflames them!
Context / meaning
In my ears, Yahweh of Armies says: “Surely many houses will be desolate,
even great and beautiful, unoccupied.
Isaiah 5 [10.] For ten acres[a] of vineyard shall yield one bath,[b]
and a homer[c] of seed shall yield an ephah.”[d]
Woe to those who rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
who stay late into the night, until wine inflames them!
The harp, lyre, tambourine, and flute, with wine, are at their feasts;
but they don’t respect the work of Yahweh,
neither have they considered the operation of his hands.
Therefore my people go into captivity for lack of knowledge.
Their honorable men are famished,
and their multitudes are parched with thirst.
Therefore Sheol[e] has enlarged its desire,
and opened its mouth without measure;
and their glory, their multitude, their pomp, and he who rejoices among them, descend into it.
a. Isaiah 5:10 literally, ten yokes, or the amount of land that ten yokes of oxen can plow in one day, which is about 10 acres or 4 hectares.
b. Isaiah 5:10 1 bath is about 22 liters or 5.8 U. S. gallons.
c. Isaiah 5:10 1 homer is about 220 liters or 6 bushels.
d. Isaiah 5:10 1 ephah is about 22 liters or 0.6 bushels or about 2 pecks—only one tenth of what was sown.
e. Isaiah 5:14 Sheol is the place of the dead.
PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible