Sin, Confession and Redemption
59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that
it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and
your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he
will not hear.
59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your
fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your
tongue hath muttered perverseness.
59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:
they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive
mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's
web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is
crushed breaketh out into a viper.
59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall
they cover themselves with their works: their works are
works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their
59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed
innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
wasting and destruction are in their paths.
59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no
judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths:
whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth
justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold
obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as
if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night;
we are in desolate places as dead men.
59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we
look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it
is far off from us.
59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee,
and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are
with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and
departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice
standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and
equity cannot enter.
59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil
maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it
displeased him that there was no judgment.
59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that
there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought
salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an
helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the
garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal
as a cloak.
59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the
islands he will repay recompence.
59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the
west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the
enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD
shall lift up a standard against him.
59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them
that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the
LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have
put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out
of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's
seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.