21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
I’m thinking about Isaiah himself today, as I read through the words he proclaimed from God. He was just an ordinary Jewish man who became extraordinary because he surrendered to God’s call on his life. He had to know his work was going to get him into a lot of trouble. Still, he was courageous and faithful to preach God’s Word, no matter what.
In these verses, he speaks of Jerusalem, which was once a faithful city but has not become like a prostitute. Where once the city had discretion to know God, now it is full of murderers. Its silver is worthless; its wine is weakened, watered down.
Worse yet, its leaders have become rebellious, and they now keep company with thieves. The leaders, and all the people, are willing to accept gifts (bribes) and unearned rewards. They no longer have compassion on the fatherless and the widows.
Even so, God promises restoration if only Judah will repent.