Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Speaking for the believing remnant, Isaiah now confessed their sin as his own. He acknowledges their injustice, unrighteousness, blindness, deadness. They growl with impatience and moan in despondency. There is no justice and no deliverance. Their transgressions had multiplied in God’s sight and testified against them. They denied the Lord and wandered far from Him. They spoke in the language of oppression, rebellion, and falsehood. Justice is driven back, righteousness stands afar off, and truth falls a victim in the street. Uprightness is refused admission, truth is nowhere to be found, and the godly man is assaulted.