the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have
hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth
for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
5They 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.
6Their 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.
7Their 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.
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.
9Therefore is judgment
far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10We 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.
11We 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.
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;
and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from
the heart words of falsehood.
is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15Yea, 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.
16And 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.
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.
to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay
19So 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.
the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21As 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.