The Lord will wash away the filth(A) of the women of Zion;(B) he will cleanse(C) the bloodstains(D) from Jerusalem by a spirit[a] of judgment(E) and a spirit[b] of fire.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit
  2. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit

24 Therefore, as tongues of fire(A) lick up straw(B)
    and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay(C)
    and their flowers blow away like dust;(D)
for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty
    and spurned the word(E) of the Holy One(F) of Israel.

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18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;(A)
    it consumes briers and thorns,(B)
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,(C)
    so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the wrath(D) of the Lord Almighty
    the land will be scorched(E)
and the people will be fuel for the fire;(F)
    they will not spare one another.(G)

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17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,(A)
    their Holy One(B) a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
    his thorns(C) and his briers.(D)

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Therefore a curse(A) consumes the earth;
    its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,(B)
    and very few are left.

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11 Lord, your hand is lifted high,(A)
    but they do not see(B) it.
Let them see your zeal(C) for your people and be put to shame;(D)
    let the fire(E) reserved for your enemies consume them.

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27 See, the Name(A) of the Lord comes from afar,
    with burning anger(B) and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,(C)
    and his tongue is a consuming fire.(D)

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33 Topheth(A) has long been prepared;
    it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
    with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath(B) of the Lord,
    like a stream of burning sulfur,(C)
    sets it ablaze.(D)

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14 The sinners(A) in Zion are terrified;
    trembling(B) grips the godless:
“Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?(C)
    Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?”

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10 It will not be quenched(A) night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.(B)
From generation to generation(C) it will lie desolate;(D)
    no one will ever pass through it again.

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15 See, the Lord is coming with fire,(A)
    and his chariots(B) are like a whirlwind;(C)
he will bring down his anger with fury,
    and his rebuke(D) with flames of fire.
16 For with fire(E) and with his sword(F)
    the Lord will execute judgment(G) on all people,
    and many will be those slain(H) by the Lord.

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24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies(A) of those who rebelled(B) against me; the worms(C) that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched,(D) and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

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14 Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says:

“Because the people have spoken these words,
    I will make my words in your mouth(A) a fire(B)
    and these people the wood it consumes.(C)

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20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign(A) Lord says: My anger(B) and my wrath will be poured(C) out on this place—on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the crops of your land—and it will burn and not be quenched.(D)

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12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(A) every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B)
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(C)
    because of the evil(D) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(E) it.

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18 Jacob will be a fire
    and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
    and they will set him on fire(A) and destroy(B) him.
There will be no survivors(C)
    from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

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But who can endure(A) the day of his coming?(B) Who can stand(C) when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire(D) or a launderer’s soap.(E)

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Judgment and Covenant Renewal

[a]“Surely the day is coming;(A) it will burn like a furnace.(B) All the arrogant(C) and every evildoer will be stubble,(D) and the day that is coming will set them on fire,(E)” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch(F) will be left to them.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-6 is numbered 3:19-24.

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,(A) you who are cursed, into the eternal fire(B) prepared for the devil and his angels.(C)

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