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

  • Sharon tuning
    I know the prophet is speaking of Israel but it makes me think of the way America is headed also..... America is standing for evil and we (the church) must repent as the kingdom of God is At hand...
  • Este Velu
    Can the vision of ISAIAH will apply to Judah
  • Sister Lottie
    Isaiah is a major prophet that God used doing Bible time to speak to his people the Israelites and to speak to all of us today . There is no difference in what was happening back then and what is happening today through out the world. People all over this world act as if God doesn't exist and they come up with their own righteous and have forsaken The Lord God and is facing judgement for sin !
  • 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

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