The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 59:9–21

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Therefore is justice far from us, neither doth righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but behold darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Therefore has judgement departed from them, and righteousness shall not overtake them: while they waited for light, darkness came upon them; while they waited for brightness, they walked in perplexity.

Because of this, judgment is far from us, and justice will not take hold of us. We waited for light, and behold, darkness; we waited for brightness, and we walked in darkness.

10  We grope for the wall like the blind, yea, as they that have no eyes do we grope; we stumble at noonday as in the twilight; we are in dark places like the dead.

10  They shall feel for the wall as blind men, and shall feel for it as if they had no eyes: and they shall feel at noon-day as at midnight; they shall groan as dying men.

10  We groped for the wall, like one who is blind, and we felt our way, like one without eyes. We stumbled at midday, as if in darkness; and in darkness, as if in death.

11  We all growl like bears, and mourn sore like doves; we look for right, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

11  They shall proceed together as a bear and as a dove: we have waited for judgement, and there is no salvation, it is gone far from us.

11  We will all roar like bears, and we will sigh like despondent doves. We hoped for judgment, and there is none; for salvation, and it is far from us.

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12  For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are present to us, and as for our iniquities, we know them

12  For our iniquity is great before thee, and our sins have risen up against us: for our iniquities are in us, and we know our unrighteous deeds.

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13  Transgressing and denying YHWH, and turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and perverseness, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

13  We have sinned, and dealt falsely, and revolted from our God: we have spoken unrighteous words, and have been disobedient; we have conceived and uttered from our heart unrighteous words.

13  sinning and lying against the Lord. And we have turned away, not so as to go after our God, and so that we were speaking calumny and transgression. We have conceived, and spoken from the heart, words of falsehood.

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14  And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness standeth afar off; for truth hath stumbled in the broad place, and uprightness cannot enter.

14  Judgment is turned backward, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

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15  And truth is lacking, and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey. And YHWH saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice;

15  And the truth has gone into oblivion. And he who withdraws from evil endures plunder. And the Lord saw this, and it seemed evil in his eyes. For there is no judgment.

15  Yea, truth is hid, and understanding has departed from our mind; the LORD saw that there was no justice, and he was displeased.

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16  And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him;

16  And he looked, and there was no man, and he observed, and there was none to help: so he defended them with his arm, and stablished them with his mercy.

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17  And He put on righteousness as a coat of mail, and a helmet of salvation upon His head, and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

17  He clothed himself with justice as with a breastplate, and with a helmet of salvation upon his head. He put on the vestments of vengeance, and he was covered with zeal as with a cloak.

17  For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,

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18  According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; to the islands He will repay recompense.

18  as one about to render a recompence, even reproach to his adversaries.

18  This was for vindication, as a repayment of indignation to his adversaries, and as a sudden reversal for his enemies. He will repay the islands in their turn.

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19  So shall they fear the name of YHWH from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of the YHWH driveth.

19  And those from the west will fear the name of the Lord, and those from the rising of the sun will fear his glory, when he arrives like a violent river, which the Spirit of the Lord urges on.

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20  And a redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith YHWH.

20  And the deliverer shall come for Sion’s sake, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

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21  And as for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith YHWH; My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the YHWH, from henceforth and for ever.

21  And this shall be my covenant with them, said the Lord; My Spirit which is upon thee, and the words which I have put in thy mouth, shall never fail from thy mouth, nor from the mouth of thy seed, for the Lord has spoken it, henceforth and for ever.

21  This is my pact with them, says the Lord. My Spirit is within you, and my words, which I have put in your mouth, will not withdraw from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring, says the Lord, from this moment, and even forever.