"Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 189

Context: Isaiah, son of Amoz and prophet of the Almighty, declares His message "concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." Isaiah says that the Lord notes the rebelliousness of the Israelites and the iniquity of the nation. The people are pressed down, and the country is destroyed. Through His prophet, the Lord stresses His weariness with burnt offerings and His love of righteousness. Acting as a judge, the Lord says that man must confront Him so that both He and man, may present arguments for their cases. If men are obedient, the Almighty says, their scarlet sins shall be made white, for obedience alone shall know the face of God:

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

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