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.