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

12 For our offenses(F) are many in your sight,
    and our sins testify(G) against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
    and we acknowledge our iniquities:(H)
13 rebellion(I) and treachery against the Lord,
    turning our backs(J) on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,(K)
    uttering lies(L) our hearts have conceived.
14 So justice(M) is driven back,
    and righteousness(N) stands at a distance;
truth(O) has stumbled in the streets,
    honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth(P) is nowhere to be found,
    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.(Q)

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