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Isaiah 1:2-4 Expanded Bible (EXB)

God’s Case Against His Children

Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth [L witnesses of the covenant; Deut. 30:19],
    because the Lord is speaking:
“I raised ·my children [or sons; C the nation Israel] and ·helped them grow [brought them] up,
    but they have ·turned [rebelled] against me.
An ox knows its ·master [owner],
    and a donkey knows ·where its owner feeds it [L the feeding trough/crib of its owner/master],
but the people of Israel do not know me;
    my people do not understand.”

·How terrible [Woe; Alas]! ·Israel is a nation of sin [L Sinful nation!],
    a people ·loaded [weighed] down with guilt,
·a group of children [offspring; brood; seed] ·doing evil [or born from evildoers],
    ·children [or sons] who ·are full of evil [act corruptly; are depraved].
They have ·left [abandoned; forsaken] the Lord;
    they ·hate [despise; or have rejected/spurned] the Holy One of Israel [C Isaiah’s favorite title for God],
and have ·turned away [become alienated/estranged] from him.

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