1 Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor is His ear heavy, that
it cannot hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have
hidden His face from you, 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 has uttered perverseness.
4 No one calls for justice, nor does anyone plead for truth; they trust in vanity and speak
lies. They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch vipers' eggs and weave the spider's web; he who eats their eggs dies, and
that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not become garments, nor 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; devastation and destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their paths. They
have made crooked paths for themselves; whoever goes in them shall not know peace.
9 Therefore justice is far from us; nor does righteousness overtake us. We wait for
daylight, but behold, the night; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes. We stumble
at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places like dead men.
11 We all roar like bears, and mourn with moaning 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 in transgressing and lying against Jehovah, and backsliding from our God, speaking
oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And justice is driven back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth has fallen in
the street, and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth fails; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. And Jehovah
saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
16 And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.
Therefore His own arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained
17 For He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head.
And He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was covered with zeal as a
18 According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay; fury to His adversaries,
recompense to His enemies. He will completely repay their deeds to the coastlands.
19 So shall they fear the name of Jehovah from the west, and His glory from the rising of
the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Jehovah shall drive him
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in
Jacob, says Jehovah.
21 As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says Jehovah; My Spirit that is upon 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 Jehovah,
from now on and forever.