Lord, our crimes against you are many. Our sins accuse us. We are well aware of them all. We have rebelled against you, rejected you, and refused to follow you. We have oppressed others and turned away from you. Our thoughts are false; our words are lies. Justice is driven away, and right cannot come near. Truth stumbles in the public square, and honesty finds no place there.” (Isaiah 59:12–14, GNB)

This is a stinging indictment of God’s own people and notice that Isaiah writes it all in the first person plural form “we.”  He fully understood that there was such a thing as collective corporate guilt and that Israel was guilty of the same.  Justice was no longer done in the courts, and things were so bad that honesty could find no place in the public square.  I like the way the NLT translates this verse: “Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed.” (Isaiah 59:14, NLT).


It must be regarded as monstrous, that men, who have been chastised and almost crushed by the hand of God, are still proud, and so obstinate that they cannot bend or be humbled by a conviction of their sin.

They have therefore received a just reward, because no justice of God has shone forth to render assistance, when they have banished far from them justice and equity; for in vain do we expect from God what we have refused to others and cast away from ourselves.