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,

Berean Study Bible
Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing 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;

Christian Standard Bible
"Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from my sight. Stop doing evil.

Contemporary English Version
Wash yourselves clean! I hate your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong

Good News Translation
Wash yourselves clean. Stop all this evil that I see you doing. Yes, stop doing 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
15When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. 16Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil! 17Learn to do right, seek justice, correct the oppressor, defend the fatherless. 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 wash my hands in innocence that I may come near Your altar, O LORD,

Psalm 34:14
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 51:2
Wash me clean of my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Proverbs 4:27
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your feet away from evil.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 52:11
Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing; come out from it, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the LORD.

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.

Jeremiah 18:11
Now therefore, tell the men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: 'Behold, I am planning a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways, and correct your ways and deeds.'

Jeremiah 25:5
The prophets told you, 'Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and evil deeds, and you can dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and to your fathers forever and ever.

Jeremiah 26:3
Perhaps they will listen and turn--each from his evil way of life--so that I may relent of the disaster that I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.

Jeremiah 35:15
Time and time again I have sent you all My servants the prophets, proclaiming: 'Turn now, each of you from his evil way of life, and correct your actions. Do not go after other gods to serve them. Live in the land that I have given to you and your fathers.' But you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.

Ezekiel 18:31
Cast away from yourselves all the transgressions you have committed, and fashion for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, O house of Israel?

Jonah 3:8
Furthermore, let both man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and have everyone call out earnestly to God. Let each one turn from his evil ways and from the violence in his hands.

Zechariah 1:4
Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.' But they did not listen or pay attention to Me, declares the LORD.

Zechariah 7:7
Are these not the words that the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were populous and prosperous, and the Negev and the Lowland were inhabited?'"

Zechariah 13:1
On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

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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