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Whether he smote it by the wound of the people of Jews smiting him? either as it killed the slain men of him, so it was slain? (Did the Lord strike down the Jews like he hath killed those who struck them down? or were as many of them killed as they who killed them?)

In measure against measure, when it shall be cast away, he shall deem it; he bethought in his hard spirit, by the day of heat. (In measure for measure, when they were cast away, he judged them; he took them away into exile, with his hard wind from the east.)

Therefore on this thing wickedness shall be forgiven to the house of Jacob, and this shall be all the fruit, that the sin thereof be done away, when it hath set all the stones of the altar as the stones of ashes hurtled down. Woods and temples shall not stand. (And so by this shall the wickedness of the house of Jacob be forgiven, and this shall be all the fruit, when its sin is done away; yea, when he hath made all the stones of the foreign altars like the stones of ashes, or like the chalkstones, that be hurtled down; and the woods and the temples dedicated to idols shall no longer stand.)

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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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