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Why are our good deeds like dirty rags?

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Isaiah 64:6
            It’s not saying our good deeds (righteous acts) are bad, but they are like filthy rags because they were not done with the right motives.  The people of Israel had forgotten their love for God and turned to religious routines.  They did things for selfish reason, not for God’s reasons.  That’s when things get dirty in our lives and our deeds become corrupt.