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1 Surely Jehovah’s hand has not become too short to save,nor his ear dull of hearing! 2 It is your iniquities that separate you from your God;your sins hide his face, so that he does not hear you. 3 For your palms are defiled with blood,your fingers with iniquity;your lips speak guile, your tongue utters duplicity. 4 None calls for righteousness;no one sues for an honest cause.They rely on empty words, deceitfully spoken;they conceive misdeeds, they beget wickedness.
5 They hatch vipers’ eggs and spin spiders’ webs;whoever eats of their eggs dies,and if any is smashed, there emerges a serpent. 6 Their cobwebs are useless as clothing;their fabrications are worthless for covering themselves.Their works consist of wrongdoing;they manipulate injurious dealings.
7 Their feet rush after evil;they hasten to shed innocent blood.Their thoughts are preoccupied with mischief;havoc and disaster follow in their wake. 8 They are unacquainted with the way of perfection;integrity is not within their bounds.They have made crooked their paths;none who treads them knows peace.
9 Therefore redress remains far from usand righteousness is unable to reach us.We look for light, but there prevails darkness;for a glimmer of hope, but we walk amid gloom. 10 We grope along the borders like the blind;we flounder like those without eyes.We stumble at noon as in the dark of night;in the prime of life we resemble the dead. 11 We grumble like bears, all of us;we moan incessantly like doves.We expect justice when there is none;we look for salvation, but it eludes us.
12 For our transgressions before you have multiplied;our sins testify against us.Our offenses are evident; we perceive our iniquities: 13 willfully denying Jehovah,backing away from following our God,perversely planning ways of extortion,conceiving in the mind and ponderingillicit transactions. 14 And so redress is compelled to back away,and righteousness to stand at a distance;truth stumbles in the public placeand uprightness cannot enter.
15 When integrity is lacking,they who shun evil become a prey.Jehovah saw that there was no justice,and it displeased him. 16 When he saw it, he wondered why there was no man, no one who would intercede.
So his own arm brought about salvation for him; his righteousness rallied to his cause.
17 He put on righteousness as a breastplateand made salvation the helmet on his head;he clothed himself with vengeance for a garmentand wrapped himself in fury as in a robe. 18 According to what they deserve, he will repay them:wrath upon his adversaries,reprisals upon his enemies;to the isles he will render retribution.
19 From the west men will fear Jehovah Omnipotent,aand from the rising of the sun his glory.For he will come upon them like a hostile torrentimpelled by the Spirit of Jehovah. 20 But he will come as Redeemer to Zion,to those of Jacob who repent of transgression,says Jehovah.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, says Jehovah: My Spirit which is upon you and my words which I have placed in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of their offspring, says Jehovah, from now on and forever.


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