Bible: Isa 1:21-26

Purifying Judgment

1:21 How tragic that the once-faithful city

has become a prostitute! 1 

She was once a center of 2  justice,

fairness resided in her,

but now only murderers. 3 

1:22 Your 4  silver has become scum, 5 

your beer is diluted with water. 6 

1:23 Your officials are rebels, 7 

they associate with 8  thieves.

All of them love bribery,

and look for 9  payoffs. 10 

They do not take up the cause of the orphan, 11 

or defend the rights of the widow. 12 

1:24 Therefore, the sovereign Lord who commands armies, 13 

the powerful ruler of Israel, 14  says this:

“Ah, I will seek vengeance 15  against my adversaries,

I will take revenge against my enemies. 16 

1:25 I will attack you; 17 

I will purify your metal with flux. 18 

I will remove all your slag. 19 

1:26 I will reestablish honest judges as in former times,

wise advisers as in earlier days. 20 

Then you will be called, ‘The Just City,

Faithful Town.’

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