Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 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. 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. 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. 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.
It was Israel’s sin that held God back from delivering them; the fault could not be blamed on Him. Their hands, fingers, lips, and tongue are all active in murder and lying. There was widespread perversion of justice and dishonesty. People conceived evil and brought forth crime. Their activities were as dangerous as vipers’ eggs and as useless as a spider’s web. Sin controled every area of their lives—what they did, where they went, what they thought. They did not care for peace and justice, preferring what is crooked. What was true of Israel is also true of the entire human race.