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Isaiah 5

Chapter 5

v. 8: The Oxford commentary (as well as a footnote in the German translation) says that this series of seven “woes” that begins here is completed in 10:1 (making eight the complete number of woes in the series).  I’m not sure why they say that.  The fact that the number of woes in this chapter is seven suggests to me that the list here is complete.  However, it is interesting to consider this list as eight “woes,” (including the one in 10:1) in light of the fact that Matthew’s gospel records Jesus’s pronouncement of eight “woes” against the scribes and Pharisees.  This is another section of Isaiah that Jesus seems to have alluded to in his own sayings (See Matthew 23: 13-29, and Luke 11:42-52.).  Still, the number of “woes” differs in the gospel accounts: Matthew’s account has eight woes, and Luke’s has six.


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