Isaiah 1:21-31 NIV

21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!1 She once was full of justice; righteousness2 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!3

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22 Your silver has become dross,4 your choice wine is diluted with water.

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23 Your rulers are rebels,5 companions of thieves;6 they all love bribes7 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.8

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24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One9 of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge10 myself on my enemies.11

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25 I will turn my hand against you;12 I will thoroughly purge13 away your dross14 and remove all your impurities.15

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26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,16 your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called17 the City of Righteousness,18 the Faithful City.19"

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27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent20 ones with righteousness.21

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28 But rebels and sinners22 will both be broken, and those who forsake23 the LORD will perish.24

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29 "You will be ashamed25 because of the sacred oaks26 in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens27 that you have chosen.

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30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,28 like a garden without water.

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31 The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.29"

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