Your sins have made him hide his face from you,
And he refuses to hear you.+
Your lips speak lies,+ and your tongue mutters unrighteousness.
They conceive trouble and give birth to what is harmful.+
Anyone who eats their eggs would die,
And the egg that is crushed hatches a viper.
Their works are harmful,
And deeds of violence are in their hands.+
Their thoughts are harmful thoughts;
Ruin and misery are in their ways.+
They make their roadways crooked;
No one treading on them will know peace.+
9 That is why justice is far away from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us.
We keep hoping for light, but look! there is darkness;
For brightness, but we keep walking in gloom.+
We stumble at high noon as in evening darkness;
Among the strong we are just like the dead.
11 We all keep growling like bears
And cooing mournfully like doves.
We hope for justice, but there is none;
For salvation, but it is far away from us.
For our revolts are with us;
We well know our errors.+
13 We have transgressed and denied Jehovah;
We have turned our backs on our God.
We have spoken of oppression and revolt;+
We have conceived lies and muttered false words from the heart.+
And righteousness stands far off;+
For truth* has stumbled in the public square,
And what is upright is unable to enter.
16 He saw that there was no man,
And he was astonished that no one interceded,
So his own arm brought about salvation,*
And his own righteousness supported him.
Wrath to his adversaries, retribution to his enemies.+
And to the islands he will repay their due.
19 From the sunset they will fear the name of Jehovah
And from the sunrise his glory,
For he will come in like a rushing river,
Which the spirit of Jehovah drives along.
To those in Jacob who turn from transgression,”+ declares Jehovah.
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,”+ says Jehovah. “My spirit that is on you and my words that I have placed in your mouth—they will not be removed from your mouth, from the mouth of your children,* or from the mouth of your grandchildren,”* says Jehovah, “from now on and forever.”