(ISA) - The Book of Isaiah

ISA 59

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1 Behold, Yahweh's hand is not shortened, that it can't save;
neither his ear heavy, that it can't hear: 2 but your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 3
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with
iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters
wickedness. 4 None sues in righteousness, and none pleads in
truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive
mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5 They hatch adders'
eggs, and weave the spider's web: he who eats of their eggs dies;
and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper. 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 hands. 7 Their feet run
to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their
thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are
in their paths. 8 The way of peace they don't know; and
there is no justice in their goings: they have made them crooked
paths; whoever goes therein does not know peace. 9 Therefore
is justice far from us, neither does righteousness overtake us:
we look for light, but, behold, darkness; for brightness, but we
walk in obscurity. 10 We grope for the wall like the blind;
yes, we grope as those who have no eyes: we stumble at noonday as
in the twilight; among those who are lusty we are as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and moan sore like doves: we look
for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off
from us.

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins
testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as
for our iniquities, we know them: 13 transgressing and
denying Yahweh, and turning away from following our God, speaking
oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart
words of falsehood. 14 Justice is turned away backward, and
righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street,
and uprightness can't enter. 15 Yes, truth is lacking; and
he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Yahweh saw it, and
it displeased him that there was no justice. 16 He saw that
there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:
therefore his own arm brought salvation to him; and his
righteousness, it upheld him. 17 He put on righteousness as
a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; and he put
on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as
a mantle. 18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will
repay, wrath to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to
the islands he will repay recompense. 19 So shall they fear
the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising
of the sun; for he will come as a rushing stream, which the
breath of Yahweh drives.

20 "A Redeemer will come to Zion,
and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob," says Yahweh.

21 "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says Yahweh. "My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed's seed," says Yahweh, "from henceforth and forever."


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