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The Lord Will Send Israel Away

The Lord has not hurt his people as he hurt their enemies;
    his people have not been killed like those who tried to kill them.
He will settle his argument with Israel by sending it far away.
    Like a hot desert wind, he will drive it away.
This is how Israel’s guilt will be forgiven;
    this is how its sins will be taken away:
Israel will crush the rocks of the altar to dust,
    and no statues or altars will be left standing for the Asherah idols.

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Has the Lord struck her
    as he struck(A) down those who struck her?
Has she been killed
    as those were killed who killed her?
By warfare[a] and exile(B) you contend with her—
    with his fierce blast he drives her out,
    as on a day the east wind(C) blows.
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned(D) for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:(E)
When he makes all the altar stones(F)
    to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles[b](G) or incense altars(H)
    will be left standing.

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  1. Isaiah 27:8 See Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 27:9 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah