Separation from God1 Behold a the Lord’s hand is not so short
That it cannot save;
b Nor is His ear so dull
That it cannot hear.
2 But your c iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His ▼
▼ So versions; M.T. facesface from you so that He does e not hear.
3 For your f hands are defiled with blood
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken g falsehood,
Your tongue mutters wickedness.
4 h No one sues righteously and i no one pleads ▼
▼ Lit in truthhonestly.
They k trust in confusion and speak lies;
They l conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch adders’ eggs and m weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.
6 Their webs will not become clothing,
Nor will they n cover themselves with their works;
Their o works are works of iniquity,
And an p act of violence is in their ▼
▼ Lit palmshands.
7 r Their feet run to evil,
And they hasten to shed innocent blood;
s Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
8 They do not know the t way of peace,
And there is u no justice in their tracks;
They have made their paths crooked,
v Whoever treads on ▼
▼ Lit itthem does not know peace.
A Confession of Wickedness9 Therefore x justice is far from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us;
We y hope for light, but behold, darkness,
For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We z grope along the wall like blind men,
We grope like those who have no eyes;
We aa stumble at midday as in the twilight,
Among those who are vigorous we are ab like dead men.
11 All of us growl like bears,
And ac moan sadly like doves;
We hope for ad justice, but there is none,
For salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our ae transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our af sins ▼
▼ Lit answertestify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
▼ Lit our iniquities we know themwe know our iniquities:
13 Transgressing and ai denying the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Speaking aj oppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and ak uttering from the heart lying words.
14 al Justice is turned back,
And am righteousness stands far away;
For truth has stumbled in the street,
And uprightness cannot enter.
15 Yes, truth is lacking;
And he who turns aside from evil an makes himself a prey.
Now the Lord saw,
And it was ▼
▼ Or evildispleasing in His sight ap that there was no justice.
16 And He saw that there was aq no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His ar own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on as righteousness like a breastplate,
And a at helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on au garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with av zeal as a mantle.
18 aw According to their ▼
▼ Lit recompensedeeds ▼
▼ Lit accordinglyso He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will ▼
▼ Lit repaymake recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the ba west
And His glory from the bb rising of the sun,
For He will bc come like a ▼
▼ Lit narrowrushing stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives.
20 “A be Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who bf turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for Me, this is My bg covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My bh Spirit which is upon you, and My bi words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your ▼
▼ Lit seedoffspring, nor from the mouth of your ▼
▼ Lit seedoffspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
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