Isaiah 59

Separation from God

1Behold a  the  Lord’s hand is not so short
That it cannot save;
b  Nor is His ear so dull
That it cannot hear.
2But your c  iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His
So versions; M.T. faces
face from you so that He does e  not hear.
3For 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 truth
They k  trust in confusion and speak lies;
They l  conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5They 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.
6Their 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 palms
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.
8They 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 it
them does not know peace.

A Confession of Wickedness

9Therefore 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.
10We 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.
11All 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.
12For our ae  transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our af  sins
Lit answer
testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
Lit our iniquities we know them
we know our iniquities:
13Transgressing 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.
15Yes, truth is lacking;
And he who turns aside from evil an  makes himself a prey.
Now the  Lord saw,
And it was
Or evil
displeasing in His sight ap  that there was no justice.
16And 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.
17He 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 recompense
Lit accordingly
so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will
Lit repay
make recompense.
19So 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 narrow
rushing 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.

21As 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 seed
offspring, nor from the mouth of your
Lit seed
offspring’s offspring,” says the  Lord, “from now and forever.”
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