Isaiah Chapter 59  PDF  MSWord

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1Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is his ear so heavy that it cannot hear;
  2but 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 listen.
  3For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.
  4No one sues righteously, and no one pleads a case with integrity; they trust in empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
  5They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web. The one who eats of their eggs dies, and what is crushed breaks out into a viper.
  6Their webs cannot become garments, nor can they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
  7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths.
  8They do not know the way of peace, and there is no justice in their ways. They have made for themselves crooked paths; whoever goes on them does not know peace.
  9Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but behold, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
  10We grope for the wall like the blind, yes, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noonday as in the twilight; among those who are vigorous we are as dead men.
  11We all roar like bears, and moan bitterly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for deliverance, but it is far off from us.
  12For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them;
  13transgressing and denying Yahweh and turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
  14Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.
  15Yes, truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Yahweh saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.
  16He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor, therefore his own arm brought salvation to him, and his righteousness, it upheld him.
  17He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle.
  18According to their deeds, so he will repay. Wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; and he will repay the coasts and islands.
  19So they will fear the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun, for he will come as a rushing stream that the breath of Yahweh drives.
  20“A Redeemer will come to Zion and to those in Jacob who turn from disobedience,” says Yahweh.

21“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My spirit that is upon you and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed’s seed,” says Yahweh, “from henceforth and forever.”

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