20 “See, Lord, how distressed(A) I am!
    I am in torment(B) within,
and in my heart I am disturbed,(C)
    for I have been most rebellious.(D)
Outside, the sword bereaves;
    inside, there is only death.(E)

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20 Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.

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But your iniquities have separated(A)
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.(B)
For your hands are stained with blood,(C)
    your fingers with guilt.(D)
Your lips have spoken falsely,(E)
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice;(F)
    no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely(G) on empty arguments, they utter lies;(H)
    they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.(I)
They hatch the eggs of vipers(J)
    and spin a spider’s web.(K)
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
    and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
    they cannot cover themselves with what they make.(L)
Their deeds are evil deeds,
    and acts of violence(M) are in their hands.
Their feet rush into sin;
    they are swift to shed innocent blood.(N)
They pursue evil schemes;(O)
    acts of violence mark their ways.(P)
The way of peace they do not know;(Q)
    there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;(R)
    no one who walks along them will know peace.(S)

So justice is far from us,
    and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;(T)
    for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
10 Like the blind(U) we grope along the wall,
    feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble(V) as if it were twilight;
    among the strong, we are like the dead.(W)
11 We all growl like bears;
    we moan mournfully like doves.(X)
We look for justice, but find none;
    for deliverance, but it is far away.

12 For our offenses(Y) are many in your sight,
    and our sins testify(Z) against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
    and we acknowledge our iniquities:(AA)
13 rebellion(AB) and treachery against the Lord,
    turning our backs(AC) on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,(AD)
    uttering lies(AE) our hearts have conceived.

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But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

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.

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake 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 noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

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