Isaiah Chapter 59 |
1No, the Lord’s arm is not too short to save,
Or His ear too dull to hear;
2But your iniquities have been a barrier
Between you and your God,
Your sins have made Him turn His face away
And refuse to hear you.
3For your hands are defiled with crime
And your fingers with iniquity.
Your lips speak falsehood,
Your tongue utters treachery.
4No one sues justly
Or pleads honestly;
They rely on emptiness and speak falsehood,
Conceiving wrong and begetting evil.
5They hatch adder’s eggs
And weave spider webs;
He who eats of those eggs will die,
And if one is crushed, it hatches out a viper.
6Their webs will not serve as a garment,
What they make cannot serve as clothing;
Their deeds are deeds of mischief,
Their hands commit lawless acts,
7Their feet run after evil,
They hasten to shed the blood of the innocent.
Their plans are plans of mischief,
Destructiveness and injury are on their roads.
8They do not care for the way of integrity,
There is no justice on their paths.
They make their courses crooked,
No one who walks in them cares for integrity.
9“That is why redress is far from us,
And vindication does not reach us.
We hope for light, and lo! there is darkness;
For a gleam, and we must walk in gloom.
10We grope, like blind men along a wall;
Like those without eyes we grope.
We stumble at noon, as if in darkness;
Among the sturdy, we are like the dead.
11We all growl like bears
And moan like doves.
We hope for redress, and there is none;
For victory, and it is far from us.
12For our many sins are before You,
Our guilt testifies against us.
We are aware of our sins,
And we know well our iniquities:
13Rebellion, faithlessness to the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Planning fraud and treachery,
Conceiving lies and uttering them with the throat.
14And so redress is turned back
And vindication stays afar,
Because honesty stumbles in the public square
And uprightness cannot enter.
15Honesty has been lacking,
He who turns away from evil is despoiled.”
The Lord saw and was displeased
That there was no redress.
16He saw that there was no man,
He gazed long, but no one intervened.
Then His own arm won Him triumph,
His victorious right hand supported Him.
17He donned victory like a coat of mail,
With a helmet of triumph on His head;
He clothed Himself with garments of retribution,
Wrapped himself in zeal as in a robe.
18According to their deserts,
So shall He repay fury to His foes;
He shall make requital to His enemies,
Requital to the distant lands.
19From the west, they shall revere the name of the Lord,
And from the east, His Presence.
For He shall come like a hemmed-in stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives on;
20He shall come as redeemer to Zion,
To those in Jacob who turn back from sin
—declares the Lord.
21And this shall be My covenant with them, said the Lord: My spirit which is upon you, and the words which I have placed in your mouth, shall not be absent from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your children, nor from the mouth of your children’s children—said the Lord—from now on, for all time.