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

  • BSP
    In this chapter God viewed the Israelites' sins as wicked as the nations of Sodom and Gomorrah. They had fallen so far, but Jehovah God was laying their sins bare and giving them a warning before he took action against them.
  • Irene123
    To Russell Allen on Isa. ch. 1 - First of all - God bless for your humility. Here are some scriptures for your consideration - Deut. 4:39; 6:4; Isa. 42:8; 43:11; 44:6, 8; 45:5,6,18,21; 46:9; 47:8, 10; 48:11. There is ONE theme that runs through and 'connects' them all. As Isa. 28:10 says ..............; the WHOLE Bible works together, you CANNOT pick 'n choose what you want.
  • Russell allen
    my comments realy would not count because i don,t have much understanding i believe in god and the blessed thrinty i believe isaiah was a very great man of GOD. that which i cannot understand i try to make up with good deeds toward my fellow man
  • Owani moses
    God was revealing that grace was just at the door so no more sacrifice of burnt offering
  • Irene Kitamirike
    Isaiah 1 it teaches us that God is not after our burnt offerings, God is not after our beautiful voices that we offer in songs of worship, infact He's not even after our endless prayers. He is after our hearts. If we give Him our hearts and let Him lead and guide, wow! there we have given Him the platform to decorate our lives. there is His smile. Beautiful chapter!
  • Kurt
    My dark soul, full of sin, was struck down, burned as stubble in 1992. Since then the world has taught me to flee back to find Him and his Word. I simply cannot stay long in the world, full of lies, corruption, and false gods enticing. Sin is slavery and now my mission expands to visit a prison in Haiti. Amidst total darkness 3000 men crowd a facility designed to allow them to only stand. Kurt.

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