Old Testament

1

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!

2

O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

4

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
 

6

my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

7

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

8

And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Septuagint

1

Out of the depths have I cried to thee, O Lord.

2

O Lord, hearken to my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

3

If thou, O Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4

For with thee is forgiveness: for thy name’s sake
 

5

have I waited for thee, O Lord, my soul has waited for thy word.

6

My soul has hoped in the Lord; from the morning watch till night.
 

7

Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
 

8

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Tanakh

1

Out of the depths I call You, O LORD.

2

O Lord, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.

3

If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive?

4

Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe.
 

5

I look to the LORD; I look to Him; I await His word.
 

6

I am more eager for the Lord than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning.

7

O Israel, wait for the LORD; for with the LORD is steadfast love and great power to redeem.
 

8

It is He who will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

Here is another verse (like Isaiah 59)

that states that the LORD will himself redeem Israel from all their sins. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin are death, and that life is in the blood (see the Common Questions section of this website, and click on the question, “Why should God need to die for us” for further information on this). The way that God has always chosen for redeeming people from sin has been blood sacrifices. To me, this means that when this verse states that, “He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins,” it is stating that he will give his blood and his life for the people of Israel. This is what Jesus did. The verses below give examples of this from the Old Testament of blood sacrifices being made to atone for sin. Please note that there are many verses in the Old Testament/Tanakh that speak about blood sacrifice. I have only given a few of them.

Exodus 29:35-37

“Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Through seven days shall you ordain them, 36 and every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement. Also you shall purify the altar, when you make atonement for it, and shall anoint it to consecrate it. 37 Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.

Exodus 30:9-10

You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. 10 Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”

Leviticus 4:23-25

or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a goat, a male without blemish, 24 and shall lay his hand on the head of the goat and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord; it is a sin offering. 25 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering.

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