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Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink because there is no water, and they die of thirst.

I clothe the heavens with [the] blackness [of murky storm clouds], and I make sackcloth [of mourning] their covering.

[The [a]Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 50:4 See footnote on Isa. 42:1.

When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?(A)
Was my arm too short(B) to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength(C) to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke(D) I dry up the sea,(E)
    I turn rivers into a desert;(F)
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness(G)
    and make sackcloth(H) its covering.”

The Sovereign Lord(I) has given me a well-instructed tongue,(J)
    to know the word that sustains the weary.(K)
He wakens me morning by morning,(L)
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.(M)

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