No, the LORD’s arm is not too short to save,
Or His ear too dull to hear; But your iniquities have been a barrier
Between you and your God,
Your sins have made Him turn His face away
And refuse to hear you. For your hands are defiled with crimeaOr “blood.”
And your fingers with iniquity.
Your lips speak falsehood,
Your tongue utters treachery. No one sues justly
Or pleads honestly;
They rely on emptiness and speak falsehood,
Conceiving wrong and begetting evil.
They hatch adder’s eggs
And weave spider webs;
He who eats of those eggs will die,
And if one is crushed, it hatches out a viper. Their webs will not serve as a garment,
What they make cannot serve as clothing;
Their deeds are deeds of mischief,
Their hands commit lawless acts, Their feet run after evil,
They hasten to shed the blood of the innocent.
Their plans are plans of mischief,
Destructiveness and injury are on their roads. They do not care for the way of integrity,
There is no justice on their paths.
They make their courses crooked,
No one who walks in them cares for integrity.
“That is why redress is far from us,
And vindication does not reach us.
We hope for light, and lo! there is darkness;
For a gleam, and we must walk in gloom. We grope, like blind men along a wall;
Like those without eyes we grope.
We stumble at noon, as if in darkness;
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “In the daytime…”Among the sturdy, we are-b like the dead. We all growl like bears
And moan like doves.
We hope for redress, and there is none;
For victory, and it is far from us. For our many sins are before You,
Our guilt testifies against us.
We are aware of our sins,
And we know well our iniquities: Rebellion, faithlessness to the LORD,
And turning away from our God,
Planning fraud and treachery,
Conceiving lies and uttering them with the throat.cLit. “heart”; see note at 33.18 and frequently elsewhere. And so redress is turned back
And vindication stays afar,
Because honesty stumbles in the public square
And uprightness cannot enter.