This chapter starts out with God calling out all of the groups (the priests, Israelites, royal house) responsible for maintaining justice, but have miscarried it. They are caught in “a snare” keeping innocent people captive from knowing the One True God.
“Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God.” (v4) This isn’t saying that because of their sin they cannot turn to God. It is because of their persistent that makes the repentance impossible. The NKJV words it this way: “They do not direct their deeds toward turning to their God.” Nothing about their actions shows them wanting to repent.Do your actions show a heart of repentance?