We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves.1 We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.
For our offenses2 are many in your sight, and our sins testify3 against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:413
rebellion5 and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs6 on our God, fomenting oppression7 and revolt, uttering lies8 our hearts have conceived.
So justice9 is driven back, and righteousness10 stands at a distance; truth11 has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
Truth12 is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.1316
He saw that there was no one,14 he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;15 so his own arm worked salvation16 for him, and his own righteousness17 sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his breastplate,18 and the helmet19 of salvation on his head; he put on the garments20 of vengeance21 and wrapped himself in zeal22 as in a cloak.
According to what they have done, so will he repay23 wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands24 their due.
From the west,25 men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun,26 they will revere his glory.27 For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath28 of the LORD drives along.a20
"The Redeemer29 will come to Zion,30 to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,"31 declares the LORD.
"As for me, this is my covenant32 with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit,33 who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth34 will not depart from your mouth,35 or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD.