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Isaiah 59:13-15 New English Translation (NET Bible)

13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord;
we turned back from following our God.
We stir up[a] oppression and rebellion;
we tell lies we concocted in our minds.[b]
14 Justice is driven back;
godliness[c] stands far off.
Indeed,[d] honesty stumbles in the city square
and morality is not even able to enter.
15 Honesty has disappeared;
the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed.
The Lord watches and is displeased,[e]
for there is no justice.


  1. Isaiah 59:13 tn Heb “speaking.” A new sentence was started here in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  2. Isaiah 59:13 tn Heb “conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.”
  3. Isaiah 59:14 tn Or “righteousness” (ASV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); KJV, NAB “justice.”
  4. Isaiah 59:14 tn Or “for” (KJV, NRSV).
  5. Isaiah 59:15 tn Heb “and it is displeasing in his eyes.”
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Isaiah 59:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord,
    turning our backs on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,
    uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
14 So justice is driven back,
    and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
    honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.

New International Version (NIV)

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