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

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 3:5 TRUST IN THE LORD WITH --ALL THINE HEART--AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING ACTS 24:25 AND AS HE REASONED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TEMPERANCE AND JUDGEMENT TO COME FELIX TREMBLED AND ANSWERED GO THY WAY FOR THIS TIME WHEN I HAVE A CONVENIENT SEASON I WILL CALL FOR THEE PROVEERBS 12:17 HE THAT SPEAKETH TRUTH SHOWETH FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESSBUT A FALSE WITNESS DECEIT----LOGIC ???
  • A disciple
    Melody; Very good question! Its like how Jesus said in Matthew 5:25, to be in a good mind and agreeable toward your adversary that you not be brought before the Judge. The definition for "reason" is: to think through logically, as a problem; to think or argue in a logical manner; to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises. This is about our acknowledging the truth.
  • Melody williams
    My bible study is doing Isaiah, we answer questions, and I have a question? what does it mean to reason with God?
  • A disciple
    Hi Jim; I once heard, that "Temptations won't cease till we're 15 minutes dead!" The difference that the Father has put between us and those who will not hear Jesus' voice, is the good and honest heart which acknowledges the truth, bows its head and says O Lord, be merciful to me the sinner! Jesus forgives us the sins and sets us free, and gives us grace and His Spirit to be holy and steadfast.
  • Jim
    Did the people ever feel guilt from their sins? I think we all have battled the temptations of sin early in our salvation, til guilt and shame finally overwhelms our lives and existence. The yoke of sin becomes heavy and finally we fall, look up and give it all to the Lord.
    (Matt 11:29) Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • Mama
    The people in this passage were playing a game with God. They went through the motions, prayed, and even went to church. God said "I won't hear you." Still, he told them how to change. Learn to do good.

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