Bible: Isaiah 59:9-20
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; 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
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.
for there is no justice.
The Lord Intervenes
59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 19
he is shocked 20 that no one intervenes.
So he takes matters into his own hands; 21
his desire for justice drives him on. 22
and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 25
He puts on the garments of vengeance 26
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. 27
He repays the coastlands. 28
in the east they recognize his splendor. 31
For he comes like a rushing 32 stream
driven on by wind sent from the
59:20 “A protector 34 comes to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 35 says the