Bible: Isaiah 59:9-15

Israel Confesses its Sin

59:9 For this reason deliverance 1  is far from us 2 

and salvation does not reach us.

We wait for light, 3  but see only darkness; 4 

we wait for 5  a bright light, 6  but live 7  in deep darkness. 8 

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

we grope like those who cannot see; 9 

we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.

Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 10 

59:11 We all growl like bears,

we coo mournfully like doves;

we wait for deliverance, 11  but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far from us.

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

and our sins testify against us;

indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;

we know our sins all too well. 13 

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

we turned back from following our God.

We stir up 14  oppression and rebellion;

we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 15 

59:14 Justice is driven back;

godliness 16  stands far off.

Indeed, 17  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, 18 

for there is no justice.

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