Isaiah 1:16
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!

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

New King James Version
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings 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. Stop doing evil,

NASB 1995
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,

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

Amplified Bible
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Get your evil deeds out of My sight. Stop doing evil,

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wash and be purified and remove the evil of your works from before my eyes; cease from evil

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wash you, be clean; remove your iniquities from your souls before mine eyes; cease from your iniquities;

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

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

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

Good News Translation
Wash yourselves clean. Stop all this evil that I see you doing. Yes, stop doing evil

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Wash yourselves, make yourselves pure, Turn aside the evil of your doings, from before My eyes, Cease to do evil, learn to do good.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless and plead the case of 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 go about 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.


Treasury of Scripture

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

wash

Job 11:13,14
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; …

Psalm 26:6
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

Jeremiah 4:14
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

put away

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

Ezekiel 18:30,31
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin…

Zechariah 1:3,4
Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…

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 evermore.

Amos 5:15
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Wash
רַחֲצוּ֙ (ra·ḥă·ṣū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 7364: To wash, wash off or away, bathe

and cleanse yourselves.
הִזַּכּ֔וּ (hiz·zak·kū)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

Remove
הָסִ֛ירוּ (hā·sî·rū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

your evil
רֹ֥עַ (rō·a‘)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7455: Badness, evil

deeds
מַעַלְלֵיכֶ֖ם (ma·‘al·lê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 4611: A deed, practice

from
מִנֶּ֣גֶד (min·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

My sight.
עֵינָ֑י (‘ê·nāy)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

Stop
חִדְל֖וּ (ḥiḏ·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

doing evil!
הָרֵֽעַ׃ (hā·rê·a‘)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad


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