7-11 Has God knocked them to the ground
    as he knocked down those who hit them? Oh, no.
Were they killed
    as their killers were killed? Again, no.
He was hard on them all right. The exile was a harsh sentence.
    He blew them away on a fierce blast of wind.
But the good news is that through this experience
    Jacob’s guilt was taken away.
    The evidence that his sin is removed will be this:
He will tear down the alien altars,
    take them apart stone by stone,
And then crush the stones into gravel
    and clean out all the sex-and-religion shrines.
For there’s nothing left of that pretentious grandeur.
    Nobody lives there anymore. It’s unlivable.
But animals do just fine,
    browsing and bedding down.
And it’s not a bad place to get firewood.
    Dry twigs and dead branches are plentiful.
It’s the leavings of a people with no sense of God.
    So, the God who made them
Will have nothing to do with them.
    He who formed them will turn his back on them.

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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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