The difficulty with all these interpretations hangs on the question whether this is the word of God or man’s word? Every reading of the Bible is an interpretation. Who decided which books belong in the bible? This was not decided until over 300 hundred years after Christ. Many of the Christian churches have different books in the Old Testament. How can you have justification from the texts themselves? There have many weird interpretations of the Bible. The Bible has had a history under the influence of God’s Spirit. The Bible should not be watered down.
“Your silver has become dross.
Your wine is mixed with water.
Your princes are rebels.
They are the companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe.
They run after gifts.
They do not defend the orphans.
The widow’s cause does not
Come before them.”
Isaiah reminds the Israelites that their silver money in Jerusalem has become worthless scum dross. Their wine is not pure, since it is mixed with water, or watered down. The princes of Jerusalem have become rebels and companions of thieves. They love bribes and run after gifts. There is no one left to defend and help the orphans and the widows, which is so important for Israelite life.