1This is what the Lord says:
Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
that I used to send her away? #Dt 24:1-3Jr 3:8
Or who were My creditors that I sold you to? #Dt 32:302Kg 4:1Neh 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 18:14Nm 11:23Is 59:1
Or do I have no power to deliver?
Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke; #Ex 14:21Is 43:16|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 14:31|NoBook| 15:10Php 2:8Heb 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|NoBook| 27:26Mk 14:65|NoBook| 15:19Lk 22:63Jn 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 13:28Is 51:8Hs 5:12
10Who among you fears the Lord,
listening to the voice of His Servant? #Is 42:149:3-7|NoBook| 52:13|NoBook| 53:11Ezk 34:23-24Zch 3:8Ac 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.