World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh, "Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, with which I have put her away? or which of my creditors is it
to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were you* sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away.
Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it can't redeem? or
have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no
water, and die for thirst.
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."
The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him who is weary: he
wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord Yahweh has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward.
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn't hide my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord Yahweh will help me; therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I
shall not be disappointed.
He is near who justifies me; who will bring charges against me? Let us stand up together: who is my adversary? Let him come near to
Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall
eat them up.
Who is among you who fears Yahweh, who obeys the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, and has no light, let him trust in
the name of Yahweh, and rely on his God.
Behold, all you* who kindle a fire, who gird yourselves about with torches; walk you* in the flame of your fire, and among
the brands that you* have kindled. You* shall have this of my hand; you* shall lie down in sorrow.
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