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Isaiah 59:17-18


59:17 He wears his desire for justice 1  like body armor, 2 

and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 3 

He puts on the garments of vengeance 4 

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. 5 

He repays the coastlands. 6 

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

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

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

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

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

6 tn Or “islands” (KJV, NIV).

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