Isaiah 1:18-28 NIV

18 "Come now, let us reason together,"1 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;2 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.3

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19 If you are willing and obedient,4 you will eat the best from the land;5

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20 but if you resist and rebel,6 you will be devoured by the sword."7 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.8

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21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!9 She once was full of justice; righteousness10 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!11

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22 Your silver has become dross,12 your choice wine is diluted with water.

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23 Your rulers are rebels,13 companions of thieves;14 they all love bribes15 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.16

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24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One17 of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge18 myself on my enemies.19

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25 I will turn my hand against you;20 I will thoroughly purge21 away your dross22 and remove all your impurities.23

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26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,24 your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called25 the City of Righteousness,26 the Faithful City.27"

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27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent28 ones with righteousness.29

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28 But rebels and sinners30 will both be broken, and those who forsake31 the LORD will perish.32

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