8 Because Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen because of what they say and what they do against Yahveh, defying the eyes of his glory. 9 The look on their faces testifies against them and they reveal their sin like Sodom; they do not hide. Woe to their soul! Because they have dealt out evil to themselves. 10 Tell a righteous one “Good!, because they are eating the fruit of their actions. 11 Warn a wicked one “Bad! because what his hands do will be done to him. 12 My people–children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, your leaders are misleading, and they confuse the course of your paths.
The look on their faces
Isaiah’s society was breaking down before his eyes. He could see the sin and defiance on the faces of the people, but they refused to accept it. They had produced a land full of oppression, greed and violence but no one was telling them that there would be judgment upon them for it. The leaders were all filling them with positive and encouraging words. The paths of the people were all twisted and confused, but nobody dared to say that.
Look at the faces of the people around you. Is there remorse? Is there a feeling of impending danger because of the sin and sorrow we are causing?
LORD, we see the looks on the faces of those around us. We fear for our generation. Give us the courage to lead this generation away from sin and back to you.