Isaiah 1:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 1:10, NIV: Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

Isaiah 1:10, ESV: Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

Isaiah 1:10, KJV: Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:10, NASB: Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Listen to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah!

Isaiah 1:10, NLT: Listen to the LORD, you leaders of 'Sodom.' Listen to the law of our God, people of 'Gomorrah.'

Isaiah 1:10, CSB: Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

What does Isaiah 1:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse (Isaiah 1:9), Isaiah compared the upcoming destruction on Judah for her rebellion against the Lord with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins (Genesis 18–19). The people of those cities were utterly wiped out. But God would ensure, in His grace and mercy, that a remnant of Israel would survive the coming destruction.

Now Isaiah directly compares the sinfulness of the people of Judah to the sinfulness of the people of those infamous cities. He calls his audience the rulers of Sodom and the people of Gomorrah to drive home the point that their sin deserves the same destructive force.

Isaiah calls for the people of Israel to change direction before that day, to hear the word of the Lord and to give ear to God's teaching. Isaiah demands that they truly listen to what God is saying to them right now, instead of going about their daily lives as if God's judgment is not looming before them.