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Isaiah 50 (New American Standard)

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God Helps His Servant

1 Thus says the LORD, "Where is the 1certificate of divorce By which I have 2sent your mother away? Or to whom of My creditors did I 3sell you? Behold, you were sold for your 4iniquities, And for your 5transgressions your mother 6was sent away. 2 "Why was there 7no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer? Is My 8hand so short that it cannot ransom? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, I 9dry up the sea with My rebuke, I 10make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink for lack of water And die of thirst. 3 "I 11clothe the heavens with blackness And make sackcloth their covering." 4 The Lord aGOD has given Me the tongue of 12disciples, That I may know how to 13sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me 14morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. 5 The Lord GOD has 15opened My ear; And I was 16not disobedient Nor did I turn back. 6 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. 7 For the Lord GOD 18helps Me, Therefore , I am 19not disgraced; Therefore , I have set My face like 20flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. 8 He who 21vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us 22stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me. 9 Behold, 23the Lord GOD helps Me; 24Who is he who condemns Me? Behold, 25they will all wear out like a garment; The moth will eat them. 10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His 26servant, That 27walks in darkness and has no light? Let him 28trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. 11 Behold, all you who 29kindle a fire, Who bencircle yourselves with firebrands, Walk in the light of your fire And among the brands you have set ablaze. This you will have from My hand: You will 30lie down in torment.
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