Isaiah 50

1This is what the Lord says:

Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
that I used to send her away? a
Or who were My creditors that I sold you to? b
Look, you were sold for your iniquities, c
and your mother was put away
because of your transgressions.
2 Why was no one there when I came?
Why was there no one to answer when I called?
Is My hand too short to redeem? d
Or do I have no power to deliver?
Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke; e
I turn the rivers into a wilderness;
their fish rot because of lack of water
and die of thirst.
3 I dress the heavens in black
and make
sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourning
sackcloth their clothing. g

The Obedient Servant

4 The Lord God has given Me
the tongue of those who are instructed h
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. i
5 The Lord God has opened My ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I did not turn back. j
6 I 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. k
7 The Lord God will help Me;
therefore I have not been humiliated;
therefore I have set My face like flint, l
and I know I will not be put to shame.
8 The One who vindicates Me is near; m
who will contend with Me?
Let us confront each other.
Lit us stand

Who has a case against Me?
Lit Who is lord of My judgment

Let him come near Me!
9 In truth, the Lord God will help Me;
who will condemn Me? p
Indeed, all of them will wear out like a garment;
a moth will devour them. q
10 Who among you
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fears the Lord,
listening to the voice of His Servant? s
Who among you walks in darkness,
and has no light?
Let him trust in the name of
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
let him lean on his God.
11 Look, all you who kindle a fire,
who encircle yourselves with
Syr reads who set ablaze
walk in the light of your fire
and in the firebrands 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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