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Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean,

and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; [menstrual cloths]

we all shrivel up like a leaf,

and like the wind our sins sweep us away

Isaiah 64

“The expression, ‘filthy rags,’ in the Hebrew, is one which we could not with propriety explain in the present assembly. As the confession must be made privately and alone before God, so the full meaning of the comparison is not meant for human ear.” (Spurgeon)

Our righteous acts “are not the sign of new life coming, but of the lack of conception.” (Oswalt)

Filthy rags is ‘a garment of menstruation’; bodily discharges were considered a defilement because they were the ‘outflow’ of a sinful, fallen human nature. So, even what we might consider to be in our favour, righteous acts, partake of the defilement of fallenness.” (Motyer)

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