Bible: Isaiah 59

Injustice Brings Alienation from God

59:1 Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak 1  to deliver you;

his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 2 

59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God;

your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. 3 

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; 4 

no one sets forth his case truthfully.

They depend on false words 5  and tell lies;

they conceive of oppression 6 

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. 7 

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. 8 

59:7 They are eager to do evil, 9 

quick to shed innocent blood. 10 

Their thoughts are sinful;

they crush and destroy. 11 

59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;

their deeds are unjust. 12 

They use deceitful methods,

and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 13 

Israel Confesses its Sin

59:9 For this reason deliverance 14  is far from us 15 

and salvation does not reach us.

We wait for light, 16  but see only darkness; 17 

we wait for 18  a bright light, 19  but live 20  in deep darkness. 21 

59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,

we grope like those who cannot see; 22 

we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.

Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 23 

59:11 We all growl like bears,

we coo mournfully like doves;

we wait for deliverance, 24  but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far from us.

59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 25 

and our sins testify against us;

indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;

we know our sins all too well. 26 

59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord;

we turned back from following our God.

We stir up 27  oppression and rebellion;

we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 28 

59:14 Justice is driven back;

godliness 29  stands far off.

Indeed, 30  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.

The Lord watches and is displeased, 31 

for there is no justice.

The Lord Intervenes

59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 32 

he is shocked 33  that no one intervenes.

So he takes matters into his own hands; 34 

his desire for justice drives him on. 35 

59:17 He wears his desire for justice 36  like body armor, 37 

and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 38 

He puts on the garments of vengeance 39 

and wears zeal like a robe.

59:18 He repays them for what they have done,

dispensing angry judgment to his adversaries

and punishing his enemies. 40 

He repays the coastlands. 41 

59:19 In the west, people respect 42  the Lord’s reputation; 43 

in the east they recognize his splendor. 44 

For he comes like a rushing 45  stream

driven on by wind sent from the Lord. 46 

59:20A protector 47  comes to Zion,

to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 48  says the Lord.

59:21As for me, this is my promise to 49  them,” says the Lord. “My spirit, who is upon you, and my words, which I have placed in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children and descendants from this time forward,” 50  says the Lord.

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