1Thussays the LORD, "Where is the 1certificate of divorce By which I have 2sent your motheraway? Or to whom of My creditors did I 3sell you? Behold, you were sold for your 4iniquities, And for your 5transgressions your mother6was sentaway.
2"Why was there7noman when I came? When I called, why was therenone to answer? Is My 8handsoshort that it cannotransom? Orhave I nopower to deliver? Behold, I 9dry up the sea with My rebuke, I 10make the rivers a wilderness; Their fishstink for lack of water And die of thirst.
"I 11clothe the heavens with blackness And makesackcloth their covering."
The LordaGOD has given Me the tongue of 12disciples, That I may know how to 13sustain the wearyone with a word. He awakens Me 14morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
The LordGOD has 15opened My ear; And I was 16not disobedientNor did I turnback.
I 17gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
For the LordGOD18helps Me, Therefore , I am 19not disgraced; Therefore , I have set My face like 20flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
He who 21vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us 22stand up to eachother; Who has a case against Me? Let him drawnear to Me.
9Behold, 23the LordGODhelps Me; 24Who is he who condemns Me? Behold, 25they will allwear out like a garment; The moth will eat them.
10Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His 26servant, That 27walks in darkness and hasnolight? Let him 28trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
11Behold, all you who 29kindle a fire, Who bencircle yourselves with firebrands, Walk in the light of your fire And among the brands you have setablaze. This you will have from My hand: You will 30liedown in torment.