THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 59 ©
The prophet shows that the cause was not in the Lord’s hand, that the Jews were not delivered, but that their sins did hinder it, v. 1, etc. Which sins are accounted from verse 3 to verse 9. They confess their sins, 9. Whereupon follows a promise that God would deliver His people, and punish their enemies, that He would send the Redeemer unto them, and govern them forever by His Spirit and Word, 16, etc.
BEHOLD, thea LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins 1have hid his face from you, that he will 2not hear.
For 3your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken 4lies, your tongue hath 5muttered perverseness.
None calleth for 6justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive 7mischief,b and bring forth 8iniquity.
9They hatch cockatrice’c eggs, and 10weave the spider’s web: 11he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and 12that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
Their webs 13shalld not become garments, 14neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act 15of violence is in their hands.
16Theire feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; 17wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they know not; and 18there is no judgment in their goings: they 19have made them crooked paths: 20whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
¶ 21Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for 22light, but behold 23obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
24We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in 25desolate places as dead men.
We roar all like bears, and 26mourn sore like doves: we look 27for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and 28our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are 29with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
30In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, 31speaking oppression and revolt, 32conceiving and 33uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment 34is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for 35truth is fallen in the street, and 36equity cannot enter.
Yea, 37truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil 38maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
¶Andf he saw 39that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm 40brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
For 41he putg on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and 42was clad with zeal as a cloke.
43According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; 44to the islands he will repay recompence.
45So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. 46When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD 47shall lift up a standard against him.
¶And 48theh Redeemer shall come 49to Zion, and unto them thati turn from transgression 50in Jacob, saith the LORD.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is 51upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth 52of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.