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Isaiah 1:21–27

The Degenerate City

21 aHow the faithful city has become a 2harlot!

It was full of justice;

Righteousness lodged in it,

But now bmurderers.

22 cYour silver has become dross,

Your wine mixed with water.

23 dYour princes are rebellious,

And ecompanions of thieves;

fEveryone loves bribes,

And follows after rewards.

They gdo not defend the fatherless,

Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord says,

The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,

“Ah, hI will 3rid Myself of My adversaries,

And 4take vengeance on My enemies.

25 I will turn My hand against you,

And ithoroughly 5purge away your dross,

And take away all your alloy.

26 I will restore your judges jas at the first,

And your counselors as at the beginning.

Afterward kyou shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,

And her 6penitents with righteousness.

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