Isaiah 59:2

2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Isaiah 59:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
ESV
2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
NLT
2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
MSG
2 There's nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you. Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Your sins got between you so that he doesn't hear.
CSB
2 But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide [His] face from you so that He does not listen.

Isaiah 59:2 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
&c.] Like a partition wall dividing between them, so that they enjoy no communion with him in his worship and ordinances; which is greatly the case of the reformed churches: they profess the true God, and the worship of him, and do attend the outward ordinances of it; but this is done in such a cold formal way, and such sins and wickedness are perpetrated and connived at, that the Lord does not grant his gracious presence to them, but stands at a distance from them: and your sins have hid his face from you,
that he will not hear; or have caused him to hide himself; withdraw his gracious presence; neglect the prayers put up to him; deny an answer to them; or, however, not appear as yet for the deliverance and salvation of them, and bringing them into a more comfortable, prosperous, and happy condition.

Isaiah 59:2 In-Context

1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.
4 No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
5 They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 5:25; Ezekiel 39:23
  • 2. S Psalms 18:41; S Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 58:4; S Jeremiah 11:11; S John 9:31