Isaiah 1:16-26 ESV

16 1Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; 2cease to do evil,

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17 learn to do good; 3seek justice, correct oppression; 4bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

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18 "Come now, 5let us reasona together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as 6white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

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19 7If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

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20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; 8for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

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The Unfaithful City

21 How the faithful city 9has become a whore,b 10she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

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      22 11Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water.

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      23 Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone 12loves a bribe and runs after gifts. 13They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them.

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      24 Therefore the 14Lord declares, the LORD of hosts, the 15Mighty One of Israel: "Ah, I will get relief from my enemies 16and avenge myself on my foes.

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      25 17I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your 18dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.

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      26 And I will restore your judges 19as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward 20you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city."

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