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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