New Defender's Study Bible Notes
59:2 that he will not hear. It is futile to fast and pray if the Lord does not hear, and He will not hear if our sins have not been confessed and put away. When prayers are not answered, it is not because God cannot hear them. “He that planted the ear, shall He not hear?” (Psalm 94:9). It may be that He simply refuses to hear. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). There may be other reasons, of course, but we need at least to consider this possibility in any given situation of apparently unanswered prayer. Also see note on James 4:3.
59:5 cockatrice. See note on Isaiah 11:8.
59:5 into a viper. The pitiful state of the “Christian evolutionist” is illustrated by the fact that this verse (presenting vipers as hatched from cockatrice’ eggs) is the main proof text he can cite for evolution in the Bible. Actually this verse introduces a depressing catalog of human sinfulness (Isaiah 59:7-15), with Isaiah 59:7-8 later cited by Paul as characteristics of all natural men if they yield to their sinful natures (Romans 3:15-17).