Isaiah 1:22-31 NIV

22 Your silver has become dross,1 your choice wine is diluted with water.

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23 Your rulers are rebels,2 companions of thieves;3 they all love bribes4 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.5

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24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One6 of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge7 myself on my enemies.8

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25 I will turn my hand against you;9 I will thoroughly purge10 away your dross11 and remove all your impurities.12

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26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,13 your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called14 the City of Righteousness,15 the Faithful City.16"

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27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent17 ones with righteousness.18

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28 But rebels and sinners19 will both be broken, and those who forsake20 the LORD will perish.21

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29 "You will be ashamed22 because of the sacred oaks23 in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens24 that you have chosen.

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30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,25 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.26"

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