1 Behold, athe Lord’s hand is not so short
That it cannot save;
bNor is His ear so dull
That it cannot hear.
2 But your ainiquities have made a separation between you and your God,
3 For your ahands are defiled with blood
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken bfalsehood,
Your tongue mutters wickedness.
They ctrust in confusion and speak lies;
They dconceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch adders’ eggs and aweave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.
Nor will they acover themselves with their works;
Their bworks are works of iniquity,
7 aTheir feet run to evil,
And they hasten to shed innocent blood;
bTheir thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
8 They do not know the away of peace,
And there is bno justice in their tracks;
They have made their paths crooked,
9 Therefore ajustice is far from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us;
We bhope for light, but behold, darkness,
For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We agrope along the wall like blind men,
We grope like those who have no eyes;
We bstumble at midday as in the twilight,
Among those who are vigorous we are clike dead men.
And amoan sadly like doves;
We hope for bjustice, but there is none,
For salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our atransgressions are multiplied before You,
For our transgressions are with us,
And 2we know our iniquities:
13 Transgressing and adenying the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Speaking boppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and cuttering from the heart lying words.
14 aJustice is turned back,
And brighteousness stands far away;
For truth has stumbled in the street,
And uprightness cannot enter.
And he who turns aside from evil amakes himself a prey.
Now the Lord saw,
16 And He saw that there was ano man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His bown arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on arighteousness like a breastplate,
And a bhelmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on cgarments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with dzeal as a mantle.
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will 3make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the awest
And His glory from the brising of the sun,
Which the wind of the Lord drives.
20 “A aRedeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who bturn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for Me, this is My acovenant with them,” says the Lord: “My bSpirit which is upon you, and My cwords which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your 1offspring, nor from the mouth of your 1offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
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