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1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10 We 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 desolate places as dead men.

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

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; 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 LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Commentary for Isaiah 59

Reproofs of sin and wickedness. (1-8) Confession of sin, and lamentation for the consequences. (9-15) Promises of deliverance. (16-21)1-8 If our prayers are not answered, and the salvation we wait for is not wrought for us, it is not because God is weary of hearing prayer, but because we are weary of praying. See here sin in true colours, exceedingly sinful; and see sin in its consequences, exceedingly hurtful, separating from God, and so separating us, not only from all good, but to all evil. Yet numbers feed, to their own destruction, on infidel and wicked systems. Nor can their skill or craft, in devising schemes, as the spider weaves its web, deliver or save them. No schemes of self-wrought salvation shall avail those who despise the Redeemer's robe of righteousness. Every man who is destitute of the Spirit of Christ, runs swiftly to evil of some sort; but those regardless of Divine truth and justice, are strangers to peace.

9-15 If we shut our eyes against the light of Divine truth, it is just with God to hide from our eyes the things that belong to our peace. The sins of those who profess themselves God's people, are worse than the sins of others. And the sins of a nation bring public judgments, when not restrained by public justice. Men may murmur under calamities, but nothing will truly profit while they reject Christ and his gospel.

16-21 This passage is connected with the following chapters. It is generally thought to describe the coming of the Messiah, as the Avenger and Deliverer of his church. There was none to intercede with God to turn away his wrath; none to interpose for the support of justice and truth. Yet He engaged his own strength and righteousness for his people. God will make his justice upon the enemies of his church and people plainly appear. When the enemy threatens to bear down all without control, then the Spirit of the Lord shall stop him, put him to flight. He that has delivered, will still deliver. A far more glorious salvation is promised to be wrought out by the Messiah in the fulness of time, which all the prophets had in view. The Son of God shall come to us to be our Redeemer; the Spirit of God shall come to be our Sanctifier: thus the Comforter shall abide with the church for ever, #Joh 14:16|. The word of Christ will always continue in the mouths of the faithful; and whatever is pretended to be the mind of the Spirit, must be tried by the Scriptures. We must lament the progress of infidelity and impiety. But the cause of the Redeemer shall gain a complete victory even on earth, and the believer will be more than conqueror when the Lord receives him to his glory in heaven.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 59

  • Ann e Anglin on Isaiah 59
    Gods Timing::::::::There Friends Gods timing is different from Ours, we've to be continual in prayer n be patient

    And Waite on His Answer We cannot hurry the microwave as one preacher said Cote did you ever tell the microwave to hurry up. God is a God of chances He answer when the time seems fit. Jesu

    He didn't have to go to school when He was with us on earth, whenHe went to the Temple,He was teaching themwe still have His teachings n words today

    He's still speaking to Us today just as 2000plus years ago

    Friends seek Him n you will find Him just keep talking to Him He came for All sinners n will always hears Our Prayers even when we thing He's not listening He came forUsall
  • Jim on Isaiah 59
    I f you let God fight your battles for you , you want have too. I'm talking about spiritual battle. Because we cannot fight against the devil and the wickedness that he bring. Only God can fight those spiritual battles. We can fight against flesh and blood, but not against the wicked spirit that be.pray and do good works so that you can build up your faith. God may not always be around, but he will strengthen you and comfort you. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you will be protected.

    I n reference to Isaiah 59.
  • Robert - in Reply on Isaiah 59
    Isaiah, Chapter 59.

    We don't have the ability, because of our sin, to put on God's armor, so God has put all the armor we need on his Son to become our shield. As Satan rules earth and is finite, our infinite God concentrates on our eternal life, whether in darkness or in light.

    All the commands God gives us in His Word can only be achieved by his Son, Jesus Christ, not us. We are in the wrong gospel when we look to ourselves in becoming righteous and obedient to the Law of God, who by His definition is being without sin and is the Word who dwelt among us, our Redeemer.

    Other gods are other gospels, and other gospels are judged in Revelation 22: 18&19 adding or taking away from God's Word. (For whosoever keeps the whole Law of God and yet offends in one point is guilty of all.)

    No wonder God keeps reminding us to fear Him, and showing us we are to approach Him "empty" as sinners, begging for mercy and no other way.

    When we trust and wait for Christ and live by the faith "of" Christ, not our worthless faith, a channel opens for us to pray to Him where our hope and wishes become exactly the will of God.

    God is a Spirit and we are to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. One sin will send us into eternal death, so it is unprofitable for his servants to profess moral conduct to the masses. We are still blind to Him when we seek Him literally, not spiritually.

    When we are poor in spirit, or meek, or lowly we are open to His Spirit and without another gospel blocking The Word of God.

    As we read or hear The Holy Bible we are being covered by the robe of Christ's righteousness and His helmet of salvation.

    Religion comes in many forms that pollute God's Word. To live by the faith of the Son of God is the opposite of being religious and opens us to be indwelled by the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit. That is salvation, and salvation is everything.

    Variations of Gods word will die with us.

    God's Word is Holy and will live with us forever.

  • Chris on Isaiah 59
    I think that the chapter, taken as a whole, imposes some social responsibility on us to challenge evil practices like war, to become "intercessors."

    If we don't, the blood is on our hands (v 3), because "None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth.." v 4.

    "None," therefore, doesn't only include the wrongdoers, it includes all of us who should call for justice and plead for truth.

    "The way of peace they know not, and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace." v 8.

    Because we haven't pleaded for truth or called for justice, "Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overcome us." v 9.
  • Raja sugumar on Isaiah 59
    In many places in old testament the words ram,rama are comingfrequently.And also in INDIA in Hindu vedas the same words RAM and RAMA are coming. But these words denote the name of Hindu Lord.Now my question is,Is there any connection between the old testament and Hindu vedas.Please answer me.
  • Georgia on Isaiah 59
    Why God doesn't stop the enemy as He promised in verse Isaiah 59:19 and 54:17 and He is letting the slanderous people growing strong against me every day for 5 years now?can someone pray for me to be delivered and restore? Thank you
  • JoAnnH - in Reply on Isaiah 59
    Georgia-Isaiah 59

    My heart breaks with you and I know from scripture, we are punished for our sin against GOD because he is a holy God; however, If we seek God's wisdom, James 1:7, we will know HIM, and understand what is happening all around us. God's word is your source for Truth, Direction, Love, and just understanding life in general. When I read Isaiah 59 (as I am studying this book now), I immediately saw the year 2020. We have denied God for so long and Satan is revealing himself in a powerful way, yet true believers know Satan is fighting because he knows his time is short.
  • Dee - in Reply on Isaiah 59
    I too have been in similar situation and I came to realize that the closer I walked with God and My Savior Jesus Christ the more adversaries I gained. Psalm 23, Deuteronomy 20:4 & 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 5:43-48. You may find it difficult at first; however, pray for your enemies. Romans 12:14 and 12:20, Luke 6:27 & 12:14. I prayed and my enemies became my footstool. God and My Savior Jesus Christ stepped in and peace restored. I watched from the sidelines as my enemies stumbled and were caught in the traps they laid for me. Praise God and My Savior Jesus Christ forever, faithfully do I follow where Christ leads me. Praises to God and My Savior Jesus Christ the head of my life forever.
  • Diamond Rolle - in Reply on Isaiah 59
    most off the time we have to check our selves to see if we are right and where we went wrong and repent, God is be dealing with us to to make us strong in him. I was their also i know how you feel trust God prayer back the word of God in the Bible ask God for scripture relative to your situate believe and trust God He will fright for you but you have to be calm .
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Isaiah 59
    That is true the closer you get to the Lord the more enemies one accumulates. Yes we are to pray for OUR enemies.
    Praying for the enemies of the Lord is another matter.
    2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.


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What did Isaiah say separated the people from God?
  • Our iniquities
  • Pride
  • Ignorance
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