1 This is what the Lord says: Where is your mother's divorce certificate that I used to send her away? Or who were My creditors that I sold you to? Look, you were sold for your iniquities, and your mother was put away because of your transgressions.
2 Why was no one there when I came? Why was there no one to answer when I called? Is My hand too short to redeem? Or do I have no power to deliver? Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke; I turn the rivers into a wilderness; their fish rot because of lack of water and die of thirst.
3 I dress the heavens in black and make sackcloth their clothing.

The Obedient Servant

4 The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed 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.

References for Isaiah 50:4

      5 The Lord God has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious; I did not turn back.
      6 I 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.a

      References for Isaiah 50:6

        • a 50:6 - Mt 26:67; 27:26; Jn 19:1-5
          7 The Lord God will help Me; therefore I have not been humiliated; therefore I have set My face like flint,b and I know I will not be put to shame.

          References for Isaiah 50:7

              8 The One who justifies Me is near; who will contend with Me? Let us confront each other.c Who has a case against Me?d Let him come near Me!e

              References for Isaiah 50:8

                • c 50:8 - Lit us stand
                • d 50:8 - Lit Who is lord of My judgment
                • e 50:8 - Jb 40:1-9
                  9 In truth, the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will condemn Me?f Indeed, all of them will wear out like a garment;g a moth will devour them.

                  References for Isaiah 50:9

                    • f 50:9 - Rm 8:33-34
                    • g 50:9 - Heb 1:11; Jd 23
                      10 Who among you fears the Lord, listening to the voice of His servant? Who [among you] walks in darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord; let him lean on his God.
                      11 Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves withh 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.

                      References for Isaiah 50:11

                        • h 50:11 - Syr reads who set ablaze