Isaiah 5:18-20 (KJV) “Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 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!”
When you do a search for the word “woe” you come up with examples such as “grievous distress, affliction, or trouble”; and in biblical terms as defined in the biblical dictionary, “An exclamation of judgment upon God’s enemies, or of misfortune on oneself, or, in the ministry of Jesus Christ, of sadness over those who fail to recognise the true misery of their condition”.
Failure to recognize sin for what it is in our lives today that is quite liberal is quite sad and would be a case for “woe”. At times we challenge the very existence of God and that is the ultimate “woe” in this life; not because we fail to acknowledge Him, but because we fail to recognize our limitations.
In our knowledge and our superior senses we kick at the things established our authenticity: “woe is us”.