11 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.
12 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;
13 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.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Following his statement of the prevalent sins of the nation, Isaiah describes the people as if they were making confession; that it was for these and similar sins that they were exposed to God’s displeasure. Identifying himself with the people, he enumerates the calamities to which they were exposed, as a consequence of the sins which prevailed. They were in darkness; they waited in vain for light; they stumbled at noon-day; they vented their sorrows like the roaring of bears, or the plaintive cry of the dove, but all in vain.
They had stepped away from God once too often, and there was no indication that God was going to let them off lightly.
I am reminded of Proverbs 29:1.
“He, that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”