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Isaiah 10:1-3

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10:1 Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead, 1 

those who are always instituting unfair regulations, 2 

10:2 to keep the poor from getting fair treatment,

and to deprive 3  the oppressed among my people of justice,

so they can steal what widows own,

and loot what belongs to orphans. 4 

10:3 What will you do on judgment day, 5 

when destruction arrives from a distant place?

To whom will you run for help?

Where will you leave your wealth?

1 tn Heb “Woe [to] those who decree evil decrees.” On הוֹי (hoy, “woe, ah”) see the note on the first phrase of 1:4.

2 tn Heb “[to] the writers who write out harm.” The participle and verb are in the Piel, suggesting repetitive action.

3 tn Or “rob” (ASV, NASB, NCV, NRSV); KJV “take away the right from the poor.”

4 tn Heb “so that widows are their plunder, and they can loot orphans.”

sn On the socio-economic background of vv. 1-2, see the note at 1:23.

5 tn Heb “the day of visitation” (so KJV, ASV), that is, the day when God arrives to execute justice on the oppressors.



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