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Isaiah 1:10


1:10 Listen to the Lord’s word,

you leaders of Sodom! 1 

Pay attention to our God’s rebuke, 2 

people of Gomorrah!

Isaiah 3:9


3:9 The look on their faces 3  testifies to their guilt; 4 

like the people of Sodom they openly boast of their sin. 5 

Too bad for them! 6 

For they bring disaster on themselves.

1 sn Building on the simile of v. 9, the prophet sarcastically addresses the leaders and people of Jerusalem as if they were leaders and residents of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. The sarcasm is appropriate, for if the judgment is comparable to Sodom’s, that must mean that the sin which prompted the judgment is comparable as well.

2 tn Heb “to the instruction of our God.” In this context, which is highly accusatory and threatening, תּוֹרָה (torah, “law, instruction”) does not refer to mere teaching, but to corrective teaching and rebuke.

3 sn This refers to their proud, arrogant demeanor.

4 tn Heb “answers against them”; NRSV “bears witness against them.”

5 tn Heb “their sin, like Sodom, they declare, they do not conceal [it].”

6 tn Heb “woe to their soul.”

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