1Behold, the LORD'Shand is not shortened , that it cannot save ; neither his earheavy , that it cannot hear :
But your iniquities have separatedbetween you and your God, and your sins have hida his face from you, that he will not hear .
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spokenlies, your tongue hath mutteredperverseness.4
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speaklies; they conceivemischief, and bring forthiniquity.5
They hatchcockatrice'eggs, and weave the spider'sweb: he that eateth of their eggsdieth , and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.6
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.7
Their feetrun to evil, and they make haste to shedinnocentblood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;wasting and destructionb are in their paths.8
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgmentc in their goings: they have made them crookedpaths: whosoever goeth therein shall not knowpeace.9
Therefore is judgmentfar from us, neither doth justiceovertake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; 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 as dead men.
We roar all like bears, and mournsore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sinstestify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing awayfrom our God,speakingoppression and revolt,conceiving and uttering from the heartwords of falsehood.14
And judgment is turned awaybackward, and justicestandeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equitycannotenter .
Yea, truthfaileth ; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey : and the LORDsaw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.16
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor : therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
For he put onrighteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.18
According to their deeds,d accordingly he will repay , fury to his adversaries,recompence to his enemies ; to the islands he will repayrecompence.19
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,saith the LORD.21
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed'sseed,saith the LORD, from henceforth and forever.