The Sins of Israel1 Thus says the lord, Of what kind is this scroll of the certificate of divorce of your mother, by which I sent her away? or to which debtor of the ones exacting me have I sold you to him? Behold, for your sins you were sold; and for your lawless deeds I sent away your mother. 2 Why is it that I came, and there was no man? I called and there was none hearkening. Is not [2strong 1my hand] to rescue? or am I not able to rescue? Behold, by my rebuke I shall make quite desolate the sea, and I shall make rivers desolate places; and [2shall be dried up 1their fishes] from there not being water; and they shall die for thirst. 3 I shall clothe the heaven with darkness, and [3as 4sackcloth 1I shall make 2its wrap-around garment]. 4 The Lord, the lord gives to me a tongue of instruction to know when it is necessary to speak a word. He stood me morning by morning. He added an ear for me to hear. 5 And the instruction of the lord opens my ears, and I do not resist persuasion, nor do I dispute. 6 My back I have given to whips, and my jaws for slaps, and my face I did not turn from the shame of ones spitting. 7 And the Lord, the lord [2a helper to me 1was]. On account of this I was not ashamed, but I set my face as a solid rock; and I knew that in no way should I be ashamed. 8 For [4approaches 1the one 2justifying 3me]. Who is the one judging me? Let him oppose me at the same time! Yes, who is the one judging me? Let him approach to me! 9 Behold, the lord shall help me. Who shall inflict evil on me? Behold, [2all 1you 4as 5a cloak 3shall become old], and as a moth you shall be devoured. 10 Who among you is the one fearing the lord? let him obey the voice of his servant! Let the ones going in darkness, and there is no light for them, yield upon the name of the lord, and support yourselves upon God! 11 Behold, you all [2a fire 1kindle], and you strengthen the flame; you go to the light of your fire, and the flame which you kindled. On account of me [2came to pass 1these things] to you; [2in 3distress 1you shall remain the night].
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