Lo, the hand of Jehovah Hath not been shortened from saving,
Nor heavy his ear from hearing.
But your iniquities have been separating Between you and
your God, And your sins have hidden The Presence from you -- from hearing.
For your hands have been polluted with blood, And your
fingers with iniquity, Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue
perverseness doth mutter.
There is none calling in righteousness, And there is none
pleading in faithfulness, Trusting on emptiness, and speaking falsehood,
Conceiving perverseness, and bearing iniquity.
Eggs of a viper they have hatched, And webs of a spider they
weave, Whoso is eating their eggs doth die, And the crushed hatcheth a viper.
Their webs become not a garment, Nor do they cover
themselves with their works, Their works are works of iniquity, And a
deed of violence is in their hands.
Their feet to evil do run, And they haste to shed innocent
blood, Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Spoiling and destruction
are in their highways.
A way of peace they have not known, And there is no judgment
in their paths, Their paths they have made perverse for themselves, No treader
in it hath known peace.
Therefore hath judgment been far from us, And righteousness
reacheth us not, We wait for light, and lo, darkness, For brightness -- in
thick darkness we go,
We feel like the blind for the wall, Yea, as without
eyes we feel, We have stumbled at noon as at twilight, In desolate places as
We make a noise as bears -- all of us, And as doves we coo
sorely; We wait for judgment, and there is none, For salvation -- it hath been
far from us.
For our transgressions have been multiplied before Thee, And
our sins have testified against us, For our transgressions are with us,
And our iniquities -- we have known them.
Transgressing, and lying against Jehovah, And removing from
after our God, Speaking oppression and apostacy, Conceiving and uttering from
the heart Words of falsehood.
And removed backward is judgment, And righteousness afar off
standeth, For truth hath been feeble in the street, And straightforwardness is
not able to enter,
And the truth is lacking, And whoso is turning aside from
evil, Is making himself a spoil. And Jehovah seeth, and it is evil in His eyes,
That there is no judgment.
And He seeth that there is no man, And is astonished that
there is no intercessor, And His own arm giveth salvation to Him, And His
righteousness -- it sustained Him.
And He putteth on righteousness as a breastplate, And an
helmet of salvation on His head, And He putteth on garments of vengeance for
clothing, And is covered, as with an upper-robe, with zeal.
According to deeds -- so He repayeth. Fury to His
adversaries, their deed to His enemies, To the isles their deed
And they fear from the west the name of Jehovah, And from
the rising of the sun -- His honour, When come in as a flood doth an adversary,
The Spirit of Jehovah hath raised an ensign against him.
And come to Zion hath a redeemer, Even to captives of
transgression in Jacob, An affirmation of Jehovah.
And I -- this is My covenant with them, said Jehovah,
My Spirit that is on thee, And My words that I have put in thy mouth,
Depart not from thy mouth, And from the mouth of thy seed, And from the mouth
of thy seed's seed, said Jehovah, From henceforth unto the age!