“My people are taken over without price; those who govern them act presumptuously, says Jehovah, and my name is constantly abused all the day” (Isaiah 52:5).
“The heads of state have led Egypt (America) astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. And there shall be nothing the Egyptians can do about it” (Isaiah 19:13–15).
“As for my people, babes subject them; women wield authority over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you, abolishing your traditional ways” (Isaiah 3:12).
“Our transgressions before you have multiplied; our sins testify against us. Our offenses are evident; we perceive our iniquities: willfully denying Jehovah, backing away from following our God, perversely planning ways of extortion, conceiving in the mind and pondering illicit transactions” (Isaiah 59:12–13).
“These people approach me with the mouth and pay me homage with their lips, while their heart remains far from me—their piety toward me consisting of precepts of men learned by rote” (Isaiah 29:13).
“The godless utter blasphemy; their heart ponders impiety: how to practice hypocrisy and preach perverse things concerning Jehovah, leaving the hungry soul empty, depriving the thirsty [soul] of drink” (Isaiah 32:6).
“All tables are filled with vomit; no spot is without excrement. Whom shall he give instruction? Whom shall he enlighten with revelation? Weanlings weaned from milk, those just taken from the breast?” (Isaiah 28:8–9).
“The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants: they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, set at naught the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:5).
“Their tongue and their actions are contrary to Jehovah, an affront to his glory before his very eyes. The look on their faces betrays them: they flaunt their sin like Sodom; they cannot hide it” (Isaiah 3:8–9).
“Inquire of Jehovah while he is present; call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and sinful men their thoughts. Let them return to Jehovah, and he will have mercy on them; to our God, who graciously pardons” (Isaiah 55:6–7).
“I have regard for those who are of a humble and contrite spirit and who are vigilant for my word” (Isaiah 66:2).
“They who hope in Jehovah shall be renewed in strength: they shall ascend as on eagles’ wings; they shall run without wearying, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).