Isaiah 1:16

16 Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.

Isaiah 1:16 in Other Translations

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.
16 Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don't have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong.
16 "Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.

Isaiah 1:16 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 1:16

Wash ye, make you clean, &c.
] These two words are to be regarded as one, since they intend the same thing, and suppose the persons spoken to to be unclean, as they were, notwithstanding their legal sacrifices and ceremonial ablutions; and are designed to convince them of it, to bring them to a sense of their inability to cleanse themselves, to lead them to inquire after the proper means of it, and so to the fountain of Christ's blood to wash in, which only cleanses from it: put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;
the exhortation is not barely to put away their doings, but the evil of them, and that not from themselves, but from before the eyes of God, from the eyes of his vindictive justice, which is only done by the sacrifice of Christ; and the use of this exhortation is to show the necessity of putting away sin to salvation, and the insufficiency of the blood of bulls and goats to do it, since, notwithstanding these, it remains untaken away; and to direct to the sacrifice of Christ, which effectually does it. Cease to do evil;
either from ceremonial works done with a wicked mind, or from outward immoralities, such as shedding innocent blood, oppressing the fatherless and widow, things mentioned in the context; it denotes a cessation from a series and course of sinning, otherwise there is no ceasing from sin in this life.

Isaiah 1:16 In-Context

14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Ruth 3:3; Matthew 27:24; James 4:8
  • 2. Numbers 19:11,16; Isaiah 52:11
  • 3. Isaiah 55:7; Jeremiah 25:5
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