1This is what the Lord says:
Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
Look, you were sold for your iniquities,50:1 Is 13:11
and your mother was sent away
because of your transgressions.
2Why was no one there when I came?
Why was there no one to answer when I called?
Or do I have no power to rescue?
I turn the rivers into a wilderness;
their fish rot because of lack of water
and die of thirst.
3I dress the heavens in black
and make sackcloth their covering.50:3 Rv 6:12
The Obedient Servant
4The Lord God has given me
to know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens me each morning;
he awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed.50:4 Jn 4:34
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
6I gave my back to those who beat me,
and my cheeks to those who tore out my beard.
I did not hide my face from scorn and spitting.50:6 Mt 26:67; 27:26; Mk 14:65; 15:19; Lk 22:63; Jn 19:1–5
7The Lord God will help me;
therefore I have not been humiliated;
therefore I have set my face like flint,50:7 Ezk 3:8–9
and I know I will not be put to shame.
who will contend with me?
Let us confront each other.50:8 Lit us stand
Who has a case against me?50:8 Lit Who is lord of my judgment
Let him come near me!
9In truth, the Lord God will help me;
who will condemn me?50:9 Rm 8:33–34
Indeed, all of them will wear out like a garment;
10Who among you fears the Lord
Who among you walks in darkness,
and has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord;
let him lean on his God.
11Look, all you who kindle a fire,
who encircle yourselves with50:11 Syr reads who set ablaze torches;
walk in the light of your fire
and of the torches you have lit!
This is what you’ll get from my hand:
you will lie down in a place of torment.
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