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God “Divorces” Israel

The Lord has not hurt his people as he hurt their enemies.
    His people have not been killed like those who tried to kill them.
The Lord will settle his argument with Israel by sending it far away.
    Like a hot desert wind, he will drive Israel away.
This is how Israel’s guilt will be forgiven.
    This is how its sins will be taken away.
Israel will crush the rocks of the altar to dust.
    No statues or altars will be left standing for the Asherah idols.

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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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