Isaiah 5:12

ESV They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD, or see the work of his hands.
NIV They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands.
NASB Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
CSB At their feasts they have lyre, harp, tambourine, flute, and wine. They do not perceive the Lord's actions, and they do not see the work of his hands.
NLT They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties — lyre and harp, tambourine and flute — but they never think about the Lord or notice what he is doing.
KJV And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.

What does Isaiah 5:12 mean?

Isaiah is condemning the wealthy people of Judah for their constant pursuit of property and pleasure (Isaiah 5:8,11). He has described them as living in a state of daily drunkenness, from early in the morning until late at night (Isaiah 5:11). He also notes their parties are full of music to add to the atmosphere of leisure.

Again, the Lord does not condemn either wine (1 Timothy 5:23) or music. The problem is that these wealthy people of Jerusalem and Judah have made pleasure into their lifestyles. They live to feel good, which is the definition of hedonism. Because of this, they have stopped recognizing God for His power or what He has provided for them. They serve only themselves.
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