Isaiah 5:21 The One Who Is Wise In His Own Eyes

Isaiah 5:21 (KJV)
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

I have a pretty good idea about what this verse means. It would be wise, though, to understand it in its context. The one who is wise in his own eyes:

Has become desensitized to sin
Isaiah 5:18
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

He has sinned little by little almost imperceptibly, until the cords of sin are too strong for him to break.

Has become calloused to the judgment of God.
Isaiah 5:19
That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it:and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!

I am reminded of Peter’s prophecy “Where is the promise of His coming?[1]

Has become twisted in his conscience
Isaiah 5:19
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!

I have known people who would rather applaud wickedness than righteousness.

Has become accustomed to spirits
Isaiah 5:22
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

Alcohol is called a Spirit for a reason. There is no question that the Bible teaches the abstinence of strong drink. A telling sign today is in how many so called Christians approve of the drinking of alcohol. It is a defiance against God and a demonstration that they think they know better than God.

Has become blind morally
Isaiah 5:23
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Lawmakers now justify what is opposed to God and count Christians as potential threats.


[1]2 Peter 3:4 (KJV)
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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