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 who were My creditors that I sold you to? # Dt 32:30; 2Kg 4:1; Neh 5:5
Look, you were sold for your iniquities, # Is 13:11
and your mother was put 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 hand too short to redeem? # Gn 18:14; Nm 11:23; Is 59:1
Or do I have no power to deliver?
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 clothing. # 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. # Lit us stand
Who has a case against Me? # 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,
listening to the voice of 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 Yahweh;
let him lean on his God.
11Look, all you who kindle a fire,
who encircle yourselves with # Syr reads who set ablaze firebrands;
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.