Isaiah 1:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 1:22, NIV: Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.

Isaiah 1:22, ESV: Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water.

Isaiah 1:22, KJV: Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

Isaiah 1:22, NASB: Your silver has become waste matter, Your drink diluted with water.

Isaiah 1:22, NLT: Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine.

Isaiah 1:22, CSB: Your silver has become dross to be discarded, your beer is diluted with water.

What does Isaiah 1:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaiah is describing the state of Jerusalem as representative of the sins of Judah. He has said that the city that was once faithful to the Lord has become a prostitute,(Isaiah 1:21) implying the participation of the people in the worship of false gods. Jerusalem is a now place where murderers escape justice.

In terms of quality, Jerusalem was once silver. But is now dross, the mix of silver and contaminating metals that has no value. She is also compared to once good, rich wine, but is now watered down wine that nobody wants to drink. In every way, life in Jerusalem and Judah has become abhorrent in the eyes of the Lord. If there is not change, destruction will become inevitable.