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He punished Israel by sending it away.
    He removed it with a fierce blast from the east winds.[a]
In this way the wrongdoings of the descendants of Jacob are covered up.
    This is the way they will turn from their sins—
    when they turn all the altar stones into powdered chalk
        and no poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah
            or incense altars are left standing.
10 The fortified city is isolated.
    The homestead is left deserted, abandoned like the desert.
    Calves will graze there.
    They will lie down.
        They will feed on the branches.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 27:8 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.

By warfare[a] and exile(A) you contend with her—
    with his fierce blast he drives her out,
    as on a day the east wind(B) blows.
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned(C) for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:(D)
When he makes all the altar stones(E)
    to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles[b](F) or incense altars(G)
    will be left standing.
10 The fortified city stands desolate,(H)
    an abandoned settlement, forsaken(I) like the wilderness;
there the calves graze,(J)
    there they lie down;(K)
    they strip its branches bare.

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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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