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An Invitation to Reconciliation

16 “Wash yourselves,
    and[a] make yourselves clean;
remove your evil behavior
    from my presence;
        stop practicing what is evil.
17 Learn to practice what is good;
    seek justice,
alleviate oppression,[b]
    defend orphans[c] in court,
        and[d] plead the widow’s case.

18 “Please come,
    and let’s reason together,” implores the Lord.
“Even though your[e] sins are like scarlet,
    they’ll be white like snow.
Though they’re like crimson,[f]
    they’ll become like wool.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:16 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsaf MT lack and
  2. Isaiah 1:17 Or rescue the oppressed
  3. Isaiah 1:17 Or defend the fatherless
  4. Isaiah 1:17 DSS MT lack and
  5. Isaiah 1:18 Lit. your (pl.)
  6. Isaiah 1:18 So 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsaf MT read they’re red like crimson

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