Isaiah 5 - Heh - Hovei! Woe!
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! Woe
unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Each Spoke presents both the positive and negative aspects of its major themes. As a case in point,
the Blessing of God is a primary theme of Spoke 5 - it originates on the
of Creation when
God gave the first blessing and manifests in the opening verses of Ephesians (cf.
The Blessing of Life and in the
Beatitudes in Matthew 5 and other Inner Cycles.
The negative view of God's Blessing is expressed in the Heh KeyWord (Woe!,
S# H1945). The greatest density of this word in all the Bible is found
here in Isaiah 5, where it appears si times:
- Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
- Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
- Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 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!
- 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!
- Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
- Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
The Blessings of Matthew 5 and the Woes of Isaiah 5 correspond to the Blessings and Cursings of Book 5
The high density of woe here in Isaiah - the largest in the Bible - links directly to the distributon of
woe in Matthew, where it is maximized in Matthew 23. This is an example of the utterly astounding Wisdom
of God. Who but God could weave such a tapestry of unending beauty?