1This is what the Lord says:
Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
that I used to send her away?#Dt 24:1–3; Jr 3:8
Or to which of my creditors did I sell you?#Dt 32:30; 2Kg 4:1; Neh 5:5
Look, you were sold for your iniquities,#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?
Is my arm too weak to redeem?#Gn 18:14; Nm 11:23; Is 59:1
Or do I have no power to rescue?
Look, I dry up the sea by my rebuke;#Ex 14:21; Is 43:16; 44:27
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.#Rv 6:12
The Obedient Servant
4The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are instructed#Is 8:16; 54:13
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.#Jn 4:34
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I did not turn back.#Jn 8:29; 14:31; 15:10; Php 2:8; Heb 5:8
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.#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,#Ezk 3:8–9
and I know I will not be put to shame.
8The one who vindicates me is near;#Is 45:25
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?#Rm 8:33–34
Indeed, all of them will wear out like a garment;
a moth will devour them.#Jb 13:28; Is 51:8; Hs 5:12
10Who among you fears the Lord
and listens to his servant?#Is 42:1; 49:3–7; 52:13; 53:11; Ezk 34:23–24; Zch 3:8; Ac 3:13
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 with#50:11 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.