Bible: Isaiah 59:3-15
59:3 For your hands are stained with blood
and your fingers with sin;
your lips speak lies,
your tongue utters malicious words.
59:4 No one is concerned about justice; 1
no one sets forth his case truthfully.
They depend on false words 2 and tell lies;
they conceive of oppression 3
and give birth to sin.
59:5 They hatch the eggs of a poisonous snake
and spin a spider’s web.
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
a poisonous snake is hatched. 4
59:6 Their webs cannot be used for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their deeds are sinful;
they commit violent crimes. 5
59:7 They are eager to do evil, 6
quick to shed innocent blood. 7
Their thoughts are sinful;
they crush and destroy. 8
59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;
their deeds are unjust. 9
They use deceitful methods,
and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 10
Israel Confesses its Sin
and salvation does not reach us.
59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,
we grope like those who cannot see; 19
we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.
Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 20
59:11 We all growl like bears,
we coo mournfully like doves;
we wait for deliverance, 21 but there is none,
for salvation, but it is far from us.
59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 22
and our sins testify against us;
indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;
we know our sins all too well. 23
59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the
we turned back from following our God.
We stir up 24 oppression and rebellion;
we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 25
59:14 Justice is driven back;
godliness 26 stands far off.
Indeed, 27 honesty stumbles in the city square
and morality is not even able to enter.
59:15 Honesty has disappeared;
the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed.
for there is no justice.