This is what the LORD says: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce1 with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell2 you? Because of your sins3 you were sold;4 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?5 Was my arm too short6 to ransom you? Do I lack the strength7 to rescue you? By a mere rebuke8 I dry up the sea,9 I turn rivers into a desert;10 their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.
I clothe the sky with darkness11 and make sackcloth12 its covering."