1This is what Yahweh says: “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 your mother was put away.
2Why was no one there when I came? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot 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 they die of thirst.
3I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”
4The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words the one who is weary; he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
5The Lord Yahweh has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away backward.
6I gave my back to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.
7For the Lord Yahweh will help me, therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be put to shame.
8He who declares me righteous is near ; who will bring charges against me? Let’s stand up together; who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.
9Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help me; who is he who will condemn me? Behold, all of them will grow old as a garment, the moth will eat them up.
10Who among you 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.
11Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with torches. Walk in the light of your fire and among the torches that you have kindled. You will have this of my hand: you will lie down in sorrow.