Isaiah 1:21-27*

A.(21) How is the faithful city become an harlot!

B. it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

C.(22) Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

D.(23) Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

D’.(24) Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

C’.(25) And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

B’.(26) And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning:

A’. afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. 27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

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  1. RS identified this pattern independently but others have also seen it. J A Motyer calls this a “superbly constructed palistrophic poem”.

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