Isaiah 1:16
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New International Version
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.

New Living Translation
Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.

English Standard Version
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

New American Standard Bible
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,

King James Bible
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.

International Standard Version
"Wash yourselves, and make yourselves clean; remove your evil behavior from my presence; stop practicing what is evil.

NET Bible
Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from my sight. Stop sinning!

New Heart English Bible
Wash yourselves, make yourself clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wash you, make you clean, Put away the evil of your doings From before Mine eyes, Cease to do evil;

New American Standard 1977
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
            Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
            Cease to do evil,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

King James 2000 Bible
Wash you, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

American King James Version
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

American Standard Version
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely,

Darby Bible Translation
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; -- cease to do evil,

English Revised Version
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil:

Webster's Bible Translation
Wash ye, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

World English Bible
Wash yourselves, make yourself clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil.

Young's Literal Translation
Wash ye, make ye pure, Turn aside the evil of your doings, from before Mine eyes, Cease to do evil, learn to do good.
Study Bible
Meaningless Offerings
15"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. 16"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.…
Cross References
James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Psalm 26:6
I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 51:2
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.

Proverbs 4:27
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.

Isaiah 52:11
Depart, depart, go out from there, Touch nothing unclean; Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves, You who carry the vessels of the LORD.

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

Jeremiah 18:11
"So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds."'

Jeremiah 25:5
saying, 'Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the LORD has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever;
Treasury of Scripture

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

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Job 11:13,14 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him…

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

put away

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Ezekiel 18:30,31 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Zechariah 1:3,4 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Ephesians 4:22-24 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 Peter 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

cease

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

Ephesians 4:25-29 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

(16) Wash you, make you clean . . .--The words were probably as an echo of Psalm 51:7. Both psalmist and prophet had entered into the inner meaning of the outward ablutions of ritual.

Cease to do evil; (17) learn to do well.--Such words the prophet might have heard in his youth from Amos (Amos 5:14-15). What had then been spoken to the princes of the northern kingdom was now repeated to those of Judah.

Verses 16-20. - THE REQUIREMENT OF GOD - AMENDMENT OF LIFE. God, having put aside the worthless plea of outward religiousness made by his people, goes on to declare, by the mouth of his prophet, what he requires. First, in general terms (ver. 16), and then with distinct specification (ver. 17), he calls on them to amend their ways, both negatively ("cease to do evil") and positively ("learn to do well"). If they will really amend, then he assures them of forgiveness and favor; if they refuse and continue their rebellion, the sword will devour them. Verse 16. - Wash you, make you clean. The analogy of sin to defilement, and of washing to cleansing from sin, has been felt among men universally wherever there has been any sense of sin. Outward purification by water has been constantly made use of as typical of the recovery of inward purity. Hence the numerous washings of the Levitical Law (Exodus 29:4; Leviticus 1:9, 13; Numbers 19:7, 8, 19; Deuteronomy 21:6; Deuteronomy 23:11; etc.); hence the ablutions of the priests in Egypt (Herod., 2:37); hence the appropriateness of the rite of baptism; hence the symbolical washing of hands to free from complicity in blood-guiltiness (Matthew 27:24). "Wash you, make you clean, "could not be misunderstood by the Israelites; they would know that it was a requirement to "wash their hands in innocency" (Psalm 26:6; Psalm 73:13), even apart from what follows. Put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes. Not "hide it, "for that was impossible; but remove it altogether - in other words, "cease from it." "Cast off all the works of darkness;" get rid of evil, to begin with. So much is negative. Wash ye, make you clean, &c. These two words are to be regarded as one, since they intend the same thing, and suppose the persons spoken to to be unclean, as they were, notwithstanding their legal sacrifices and ceremonial ablutions; and are designed to convince them of it, to bring them to a sense of their inability to cleanse themselves, to lead them to inquire after the proper means of it, and so to the fountain of Christ's blood to wash in, which only cleanses from it:

put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; the exhortation is not barely to put away their doings, but the evil of them, and that not from themselves, but from before the eyes of God, from the eyes of his vindictive justice, which is only done by the sacrifice of Christ; and the use of this exhortation is to show the necessity of putting away sin to salvation, and the insufficiency of the blood of bulls and goats to do it, since, notwithstanding these, it remains untaken away; and to direct to the sacrifice of Christ, which effectually does it.

Cease to do evil; either from ceremonial works done with a wicked mind, or from outward immoralities, such as shedding innocent blood, oppressing the fatherless and widow, things mentioned in the context; it denotes a cessation from a series and course of sinning, otherwise there is no ceasing from sin in this life. 16. God saith to the sinner, "Wash you," etc., that he, finding his inability to "make" himself "clean," may cry to God, Wash me, cleanse me (Ps 51:2, 7, 10).

before mine eyes—not mere outward reformation before man's eyes, who cannot, as God, see into the heart (Jer 32:19).1:16-20 Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing the good the Lord our God requires. It is plain that the sacrifices of the law could not atone, even for outward national crimes. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and rank may be cleansed. Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backslidings; yet pardoning mercy will take out the stain, Ps 51:7. They should have all the happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and death, good and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live to thy glory.
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