The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 1:18–31

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18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith YHWH; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

18  And come, let us reason together, saith the Lord: and though your sins be as purple, I will make them white as snow; and though they be as scarlet, I will make them white as wool.

18  And then approach and accuse me, says the Lord. Then, if your sins are like scarlet, they shall be made white like snow; and if they are red like vermillion, they shall become white like wool.

19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land;

19  And if ye be willing, and hearken to me, ye shall eat the good of the land

19  If you are willing, and you listen to me, then you will eat the good things of the land.

20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of YHWH hath spoken.

20  but if ye be not willing, nor hearken to me, a sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken this.

20  But if you are not willing, and you provoke me to anger, then the sword will devour you. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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21  How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

21  How has the faithful city Sion, once full of judgement, become a harlot! wherein righteousness lodged, but now murderers.

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22  Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.

22  Your silver is worthless, thy wine merchants mix the wine with water.

22  Your silver has turned into dross. Your wine has been mixed with water.

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23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth bribes, and followeth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

23  Your leaders are unfaithful, the associates of thieves. They all love gifts; they pursue rewards. They do not judge for orphans, and the widow’s case is not brought before them.

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24  Therefore saith YHWH, YHWH of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies;

24  Therefore thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Woe to the mighty men of Israel; for my wrath shall not cease against mine adversaries, and I will execute judgement on mine enemies.

24  Because of this, the Lord God of hosts, the Strength of Israel, says: Ah! I will be consoled over my enemies, and I will be vindicated from my adversaries.

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25  And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purge away thy dross as with lye, and will take away all thine alloy;

25  And I will bring my hand upon thee, and purge thee completely, and I will destroy the rebellious, and will take away from thee all transgressors.

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26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning; afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

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27  Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness.

27  For her captives shall be saved with judgement, and with mercy.

27  Zion will be redeemed in judgment, and they will lead her back to justice.

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28  But the destruction of the transgressors and the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake YHWH shall be consumed.

28  And he shall crush the accursed and sinners together. And those who have abandoned the Lord will be consumed.

28  And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and those who have forsaken the LORD shill perish.

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29  For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

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30  For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

30  For they shall be as a turpentine tree that has cast its leaves, and as a garden that has no water.

30  when you were like an oak with falling leaves, and like a garden without water.

31  And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

31  And their strength shall be as a thread of tow, and their works as sparks, and the transgressors and the sinners shall be burnt up together, and there shall be none to quench them.

31  And your strength will be like the embers from stubble, and your work will be like a spark, and both will burn together, and there will be no one to extinguish it.