Isaiah 1:17-23 (New International Version)

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17 learn to do right!1 Seek justice,2 encourage the oppressed.a3 Defend the cause of the fatherless,4 plead the case of the widow.5 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"6 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;7 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.8 19 If you are willing and obedient,9 you will eat the best from the land;10 20 but if you resist and rebel,11 you will be devoured by the sword."12 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.13 21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!14 She once was full of justice; righteousness15 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!16 22 Your silver has become dross,17 your choice wine is diluted with water. 23 Your rulers are rebels,18 companions of thieves;19 they all love bribes20 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.21
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