Isaiah 1:21

“How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Howe is the faithfull citie become an harlot? it was full of iudgement, righteousnesse lodged in it; but now murtherers.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

How the faithful city has become a harlot, She {who} was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

How is the faithful city become a harlot! she that was full of justice! righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The upright town has become untrue; there was a time when her judges gave right decisions, when righteousness had a resting-place in her, but now she is full of those who take men's lives.
- Basic English Bible

How is the faithful city become a harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness used to lodge in it, but now murderers.
- Darby Bible

How is the faithful city become a harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
- Webster's Bible

How the faithful city has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
- World English Bible

How hath a faithful city become a harlot? I have filled it [with] judgment, Righteousness lodgeth in it -- now murderers.
- Youngs Literal Bible

How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 1:21


1:21 The city - Jerusalem, which in the reign of former kings was faithful to God. An harlot - Is filled with idolatry. Murderers - Under that one gross kind, he comprehends all sorts of unrighteous men and practices.


Discussion for Isaiah 1

  • Joann Heidt
    He was a powerful Ptophet, He showrd God's greatness and proclaimed it.
  • Lois Taylor
    I truly love the book of Isaiah,because when I accepted Jesus as my Savior, the second verse that the Holy Spirit lead me to turn to was Isaiah 1:18.Isaiah is a very powerful book, every chapter.One must read it slowly and ingest its beauty.
  • C. Gabriel
    I find the Book of Isaiah very deep, and have some understanding, but majority I do not comprehend. Still learning!
    I found this site which has commentaries, which helps a lot!
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Ernetns, Job 13:3 gives " reason with God." Sorry! I spoke too soon.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Ahoents Ernest, Can you give us scripture that tells us to "reason" with God? What I see in scripture is "believe" in and on Jesus Christ. But I would like to see scripture that gives what you say substance. thank you
  • Ahoentsu Ernest
    God is so merciful to forgive us our sins and still reason with us I pray that whoever reads this will change his or her life and reason with God

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