Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience1 Thus says the Lord:
“Where is ayour mother’s certificate of divorce,
with which bI sent her away?
Or cwhich of my creditors is it
to whom I have sold you?
dBehold, for your iniquities you were sold,
and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.
2 eWhy, when I came, was there no man;
why, when I called, was there no one to answer?
fIs my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem?
Or have I no power to deliver?
gBehold, by my rebuke hI dry up the sea,
iI make the rivers a desert;
jtheir fish stink for lack of water
and die of thirst.
3 kI clothe the heavens with blackness
and make sackcloth their covering.”
4 The Lord God has given lme
the tongue of those who are taught,
that mI may know how to sustain with a word
nhim who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
5 oThe Lord God has opened my ear,
pand I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.
6 qI gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.
7 But the Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
rtherefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
8 sHe who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.
9 tBehold, the Lord God helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
10 Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys uthe voice of his servant?
vLet him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
11Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
who equip yourselves with burning torches!
Walk by the light of your fire,
and by the torches that you have kindled!
wThis you have from my hand:
you shall lie down in torment.
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