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Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him?
or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?
In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it:
he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged;
and this is all the fruit to take away his sin;
when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder,
the groves and images shall not stand up.

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Has the Lord struck her
    as he struck(A) down those who struck her?
Has she been killed
    as those were killed who killed her?
By warfare[a] and exile(B) you contend with her—
    with his fierce blast he drives her out,
    as on a day the east wind(C) blows.
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned(D) for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:(E)
When he makes all the altar stones(F)
    to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles[b](G) or incense altars(H)
    will be left standing.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 27:8 See Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 27:9 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah

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