Like the blind1 we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble2 as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.311
We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves.4 We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.
For our offenses5 are many in your sight, and our sins testify6 against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:713
rebellion8 and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs9 on our God, fomenting oppression10 and revolt, uttering lies11 our hearts have conceived.
So justice12 is driven back, and righteousness13 stands at a distance; truth14 has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
Truth15 is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.1616
He saw that there was no one,17 he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;18 so his own arm worked salvation19 for him, and his own righteousness20 sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his breastplate,21 and the helmet22 of salvation on his head; he put on the garments23 of vengeance24 and wrapped himself in zeal25 as in a cloak.
According to what they have done, so will he repay26 wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands27 their due.
From the west,28 men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun,29 they will revere his glory.30 For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath31 of the LORD drives along.a20
"The Redeemer32 will come to Zion,33 to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,"34 declares the LORD.