15 The head is (A)the elder and esteemed man,
And the prophet who teaches (B)falsehood is the tail.

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For this is a (A)rebellious people, (B)false sons,
Sons who [a]refuse to (C)listen
To the [b]instruction of the Lord;

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  1. Isaiah 30:9 Lit are not willing
  2. Isaiah 30:9 Or Law

20 He [a](A)feeds on ashes; a (B)deceived heart has misled him. And he cannot save [b]himself, nor say, “(C)Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

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  1. Isaiah 44:20 Or is a companion of ashes
  2. Isaiah 44:20 Lit his soul

For your (A)hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with wrongdoing;
Your lips have spoken (B)deceit,
Your tongue mutters wickedness.
(C)No one sues righteously and (D)no one pleads [a]honestly.
They (E)trust in confusion and speak lies;
They (F)conceive trouble and give birth to disaster.

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  1. Isaiah 59:4 Lit in truth

22 Because you (A)disheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him pain, but you have [a](B)encouraged the wicked not to (C)turn from his wicked way to keep him alive,

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  1. Ezekiel 13:22 Lit strengthened the hands of