December 25, 2010

Through the Mouth of Isaiah

"How the steadfast city has become a whore! I have filled it with right-ruling;
righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.
Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water.
Your rulers are stubborn, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and runs after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow reach them.
Therefore the Master declares, יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl,
“Ah, I shall be eased of My adversaries, and I shall be avenged of My enemies.
And I shall turn My hand against you, and shall refine your dross as with lye,
and shall remove all your alloy.
And I shall give back your judges as at the first, and your counsellors as at the beginning.
After this you shall be called the city of righteousness, a steadfast city.”
Tsiyon shall be redeemed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness.
And the destruction of transgressors and of sinners is together,
and those who forsake יהוה shall be consumed."
Isaiah 1:21-28

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