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The Lord’s People Were Sold because of Their Sin

50 This is what the Lord says:

Where are your mother’s divorce papers?
Did I give her any to get rid of her?
To which of my creditors did I sell you?
You were sold because of your sins.
    I got rid of your mother because of your rebellion.
Why was no one here when I came?
Why was no one here to answer when I called?
    Am I too weak to reclaim you?
    Don’t I have the power to rescue you?
I dry up the sea with my command,
    and I turn rivers into deserts.
        Their fish stink because there is no water,
            and people die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens in darkness
    and cover them with sackcloth.

The Lord’s Servant Trusts in the Lord’s Help

The Almighty Lord will teach me what to say,
    so I will know how to encourage weary people.
Morning after morning he will wake me
    to listen like a student.
    The Almighty Lord will open my ears.
    I will not rebel, nor will I turn away from him.
I will offer my back to those who whip me
    and my cheeks to those who pluck hairs out of my beard.
I will not turn my face away from those who humiliate me
    and spit on me.

The Almighty Lord helps me.
    That is why I will not be ashamed.
        I have set my face like a flint.
            I know that I will not be put to shame.
The one who pronounces me innocent is near.
    Who will bring a case against me?
        Let us confront each other!
    Who accuses me?
        Let him confront me!
The Almighty Lord helps me.
    Who will find me guilty?
        They will all wear out like a garment.
            Moths will eat them.

10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys his servant?
Let those who walk in darkness and have no light
    trust the name of the Lord
        and depend upon their God.

11 But all of you light fires
    and arm yourselves with flaming torches.
So walk in your own light
    and among the torches you have lit.

This is what you will receive from me:
    You will be tormented.

Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

50 This is what the Lord says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce(A)
    with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
    did I sell(B) you?
Because of your sins(C) you were sold;(D)
    because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?(E)
Was my arm too short(F) to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength(G) to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke(H) I dry up the sea,(I)
    I turn rivers into a desert;(J)
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness(K)
    and make sackcloth(L) its covering.”

The Sovereign Lord(M) has given me a well-instructed tongue,(N)
    to know the word that sustains the weary.(O)
He wakens me morning by morning,(P)
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.(Q)
The Sovereign Lord(R) has opened my ears;(S)
    I have not been rebellious,(T)
    I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat(U) me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;(V)
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.(W)
Because the Sovereign Lord(X) helps(Y) me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,(Z)
    and I know I will not be put to shame.(AA)
He who vindicates(AB) me is near.(AC)
    Who then will bring charges against me?(AD)
    Let us face each other!(AE)
Who is my accuser?
    Let him confront me!
It is the Sovereign Lord(AF) who helps(AG) me.
    Who will condemn(AH) me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
    the moths(AI) will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears(AJ) the Lord
    and obeys(AK) the word of his servant?(AL)
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,(AM)
trust(AN) in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires
    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,(AO)
go, walk in the light of your fires(AP)
    and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:(AQ)
    You will lie down in torment.(AR)