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Isaiah 59:16-18

Context
The Lord Intervenes

59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 1 

he is shocked 2  that no one intervenes.

So he takes matters into his own hands; 3 

his desire for justice drives him on. 4 

59:17 He wears his desire for justice 5  like body armor, 6 

and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 7 

He puts on the garments of vengeance 8 

and wears zeal like a robe.

59:18 He repays them for what they have done,

dispensing angry judgment to his adversaries

and punishing his enemies. 9 

He repays the coastlands. 10 

1 tn Heb “man” (so KJV, ASV); TEV “no one to help.”

2 tn Or “appalled” (NAB, NIV, NRSV), or “disgusted.”

3 tn Heb “and his arm delivers for him.”

4 tn Heb “and his justice [or “righteousness”] supports him.”

5 tn Or “righteousness” (KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); NCV “goodness.”

6 tn Or “a breastplate” (traditional; so many English versions); TEV “a coat of armour.”

7 tn Heb “and [as] a helmet deliverance on his head.”

8 tn Heb “and he puts on the clothes of vengeance [as] a garment.”

9 tn Heb “in accordance with deeds, so he repays, anger to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies.”

10 tn Or “islands” (KJV, NIV).



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