1This is what the Lord says: “Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.2When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.3I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering.”4The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.5The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.6I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.7Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.8He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!9It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.10Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.11But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.
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Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience
1Thus says the Lord: “Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away. (De 24:1; 2Ki 4:1; Isa 59:2; Jer 3:8; Ho 2:2; Mt 18:25)2Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, by my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst. (Ex 7:18; Ex 7:21; Ex 14:21; Nu 11:23; Jos 3:16; Ps 104:7; Ps 106:9; Isa 19:5; Isa 42:18; Isa 59:1; Na 1:4)3I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.” (Jer 14:22; Re 6:12)4The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. (Ex 4:11; Isa 40:1; Mt 11:28)5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. (Ps 40:6; Joh 14:31; Php 2:8; Heb 5:8; Heb 10:7)6I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. (Isa 53:5; Mt 26:67; Mt 27:26; Mr 15:19; Lu 22:63)7But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. (Eze 3:8)8He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. (Ro 8:33)9Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up. (Isa 41:10)10Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. (Isa 42:16; Isa 49:2; Isa 50:4; Mic 7:8)11Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment. (Joh 9:39)