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Isaiah 1:16-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Get your evil deeds out of My sight.
Stop doing evil,
Learn to do good.
Seek justice,
Rebuke the ruthless,
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].

“Let Us Reason”

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord.
[a]Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be like wool.
“If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the best of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


  1. Isaiah 1:18 There was a legend among the rabbis that on the Day of Atonement a scarlet woolen thread was tied to the door of the temple, and when the scapegoat reached the wilderness (Lev 16:10), if the sins of Israel were forgiven the thread would miraculously turn white.
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Isaiah 1:16-20 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

16 Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean.
    Stop doing the evil things I see you do.
Stop doing wrong!
17     Learn to do good.
Be fair to other people.
    Punish those who hurt others.
Help the orphans.
    Stand up for the rights of widows.”

18 The Lord says,
    “Come, we will talk these things over.
Your sins are red like deep red cloth.
    But they can be as white as snow.
Your sins are bright red.
    But you can be white like wool.
19 If you will obey me,
    you will eat good crops from the land.
20 But if you refuse to obey and if you turn against me,
    you will be destroyed by your enemies’ swords.”
The Lord himself said these things.

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Isaiah 1:16-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)

16 Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean.
    Remove your evil actions from my sight
    and stop sinning![a]
17 Learn what it means to do what is good
    by seeking righteousness and justice!
    Rescue the oppressed.[b] Uphold the rights of the fatherless
    and defend the widow’s cause.[c]
18 Come now and let’s deliberate over the next steps to take together.[d]
    Yahweh promises you over and over:[e]
    “Though your sins stain you like scarlet,[f]
    I will whiten them like bright, new-fallen snow!
    Even though they are deep red like crimson,[g]
    they will be made white like wool!”[h]
19 If you have a willing heart to let me help you,
    and if you will obey me, you will feast on the blessings
    of an abundant harvest.[i]
20 But if you are stubborn and refuse to obey,
    the sword will eat you instead.”[j]
    The mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”


  1. Isaiah 1:16 This was also the message of John the Baptizer (Matt. 3:8).
  2. Isaiah 1:17 Or “Vindicate the victim.”
  3. Isaiah 1:17 See Ps. 9:18; Isa. 58:7; Jer. 22:16; James 1:27.
  4. Isaiah 1:18 Or “Come now and let us argue it out together.” This is taken from the Hebrew word yākah, which has clear judicial overtones with an implication of a verdict in court.
  5. Isaiah 1:18 Instead of pronouncing judgment to the guilty, Judge-Yahweh, in his grace and mercy, offers complete forgiveness.
  6. Isaiah 1:18 The Hebrew for “scarlet” is taken from a root word for “double (dyed)” or “twice (dipped in scarlet dye),” making a permanent color.
  7. Isaiah 1:18 The word for “crimson” (Heb. tola) is also the word for a worm that, when crushed, bleeds a deep crimson color and is then used to dye fabric a permanent color. Jesus called himself a “worm (tola)” while on the cross, as one who was crushed and bleeding crimson blood. See Ps. 22:6.
  8. Isaiah 1:18 Snow and wool are both naturally white. The Lord will not only deal with our outward sins but he will cleanse our nature, changing us from the inside out. Grace includes full amnesty.
  9. Isaiah 1:19 Or “the best of the land.” For the believer today, this is the land of grace that the meek inherit. The best of the land is the fruit of the life of Jesus (Gal. 5:22, the harvest of the Spirit). The devouring sword is the flashing sword of the Word, exposing and piercing us to the innermost part of our being (Heb. 4:12).
  10. Isaiah 1:20 The Hebrew text contains an obvious wordplay. “If you listen, you will eat the harvest; if you rebel, you will be eaten by the sword.”
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Isaiah 1:16-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 Wash yourselves and be clean!
    Get your sins out of my sight.
    Give up your evil ways.
17 Learn to do good.
    Seek justice.
Help the oppressed.
    Defend the cause of orphans.
    Fight for the rights of widows.

18 “Come now, let’s settle this,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
    I will make them as white as wool.
19 If you will only obey me,
    you will have plenty to eat.
20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
    you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

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