59 Surely the Lord’s ·power [L hand] is ·enough [L not too short] to save you. ·He can hear you when you ask him for help [L …nor his ear too heavy to hear]. 2 It is your ·evil [iniquity] that has separated you from your God. Your sins cause him to ·turn away [L hide his face] from you, so he does not hear you. 3 ·With your hands you have killed others [L For your hands are defiled with blood], and ·with your fingers you have done wrong [L your fingers with sin/iniquity]. With your lips you have lied, and with your tongue you ·say [utter; mutter] evil things. 4 ·People take each other to court unfairly [L No one sues with cause; or No one calls for justice], and no one tells the truth in ·arguing [setting forth; pleading] his case. They ·accuse each other falsely [or rely on empty arguments] and tell lies. They ·cause [L conceive] trouble and ·create more [L give birth to] evil. 5 They hatch ·evil like eggs [L eggs] from ·poisonous snakes [vipers]. If you eat one of those eggs, you will die, and if you break one open, a poisonous snake comes out. People ·tell lies as they would spin [L spin] a spider’s web. 6 The webs they make cannot be used for clothes; you can’t cover yourself with ·those webs [L what they make]. The things they do are evil, and ·they use their hands to hurt others [L a deed of violence is in their hands]. 7 ·They eagerly [L Their feet] run to do evil [Prov. 1:16; Rom. 3:15–17], and they are always ready to ·kill innocent people [L shed innocent blood]. They ·think evil thoughts [or devise evil schemes]. ·They cause ruin and destruction everywhere they go [Ruin and destruction are in their paths/roads]. 8 They don’t know ·how to live in [L the path/way of] peace, and there is no ·fairness [justice] in their ·lives [paths]. They ·are dishonest [act deceitfully; L have made their paths/ways crooked]. Anyone who ·lives as they live [walks on them] will never ·have [know] peace.
Israel’s Sin Brings Trouble
9 ·Fairness [Justice] has gone far away; ·goodness [righteousness] ·is nowhere to be found [L does not reach/overtake us]. We ·wait [hope] for the light, but ·there is only darkness now [L look/T behold, darkness]. We ·hope [wait] for a bright light, but ·all we have is darkness [L we walk in gloom/shadows/darkness]. 10 We are like the blind ·feeling our way [groping] along a wall. We ·feel our way [grope] as if we had no eyes. ·In the brightness of day [At midday/noon] we ·trip [stumble] as if it were ·night [evening; twilight]. We are like dead men ·among the strong [or in desolate places]. 11 All of us growl like the bears. We ·call out sadly [moan/coo mournfully] like the doves. We ·look [hope; wait] for justice, but there isn’t any. We ·want to be saved [hope/wait for salvation], but salvation is far away.
12 ·We have done many wrong things [L For our sins/transgressions are many] ·against our God [L before you]; our sins ·show we are wrong [L testify against us]. ·We know we have turned against God [L Our transgressions are with us]; we know the ·evil things [iniquities] we have done: 13 ·sinning [transgressing; rebelling] and ·rejecting [L lying against] the Lord, turning ·away from [our backs to] our God, ·planning to hurt others and to disobey God [L speaking oppression and revolt], ·planning [conceiving] and speaking lies. 14 So we have driven away justice, and ·we have kept away from what is right [L righteousness stands far off]. Truth ·is not spoken [stumbles] in the ·streets [public squares]; what is honest ·is not allowed to enter the city [L cannot enter]. 15 Truth ·cannot be found anywhere [is lost/gone; or fails], and people who refuse to do evil ·are attacked [become prey].
The Lord looked and could not find any justice, and he was displeased. 16 He ·could not find anyone to help the people [L saw there was no one], and he was ·surprised [shocked; appalled] that there was no one to ·help [intervene]. So ·he used his own power to save the people [L his own arm brought him salvation]; his own ·goodness [righteousness] gave him strength. 17 He ·covered himself with goodness [put on righteousness] like ·armor [a breastplate]. He put the helmet of salvation on his head [1 Thess. 5:8; Eph. 6:13–17]. He put on ·his clothes for punishing [garments of vengeance] and wrapped himself in ·the coat of his strong love [zeal/jealousy as a cloak]. 18 The Lord will ·pay back his enemies [L repay] ·for what they have done [according to their deeds]. He will show his ·anger [wrath] to ·those who were against him [his adversaries] and will ·punish [repay] his ·enemies [foes]; he will ·punish [repay] the ·people in faraway places [or islands; or coastlands] as they deserve. 19 Then people from the west will fear the [L name of the]Lord, and people from the ·east [rising of the sun] will fear his glory. ·The Lord[L For he] will come quickly like a ·fast-flowing [or pent up] river, driven by the ·breath [or wind; or Spirit] of the Lord.
20 “Then a Savior will come to ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] and to the people of Jacob who have turned from ·sin [transgressions],” says the Lord[Rom. 11:26–27].
21 The Lord says, “This is my ·agreement [promise; covenant] with these people: My Spirit and my words that I ·give you [have put in your mouth] will ·never leave you [not depart from your mouth] or [L the mouth of] your ·children [descendants; seed] or [L the mouth of] your ·grandchildren [descendants’ descendants; L seed’s seed], now and forever [Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8:10; 10:16].”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.