Isaiah 59:4-14 NIV

4 No one calls for justice;1 no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely2 on empty arguments and speak lies;3 they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.4

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5 They hatch the eggs of vipers5 and spin a spider's web.6 Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.

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6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make.7 Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence8 are in their hands.

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7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood.9 Their thoughts are evil thoughts;10 ruin and destruction mark their ways.11

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8 The way of peace they do not know;12 there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads;13 no one who walks in them will know peace.14

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9 So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness;15 for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.

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10 Like the blind16 we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble17 as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.18

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11 We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves.19 We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.

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12 For our offenses20 are many in your sight, and our sins testify21 against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:22

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13 rebellion23 and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs24 on our God, fomenting oppression25 and revolt, uttering lies26 our hearts have conceived.

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14 So justice27 is driven back, and righteousness28 stands at a distance; truth29 has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.

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