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Isaiah 50

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1Thus saith Jehovah:
Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement,
By which I have dismissed her?
Or who is he among my creditors,
To whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities are ye sold;
And for your transgressions is your mother dismissed.
2Wherefore, when I came, was there no man?
When I called, was there none to answer?
Is mine hand indeed shortened, that it cannot redeem?
And have I no power to deliver?
Behold, at my rebuke I made dry the sea,
I made the rivers a desert:
Their fish stinketh, because there is no water;
And dieth away for thirst.
3I clothe the heavens with blackness;
And I make sackcloth their covering.
4The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of the learned,
That I might know how to speak a word in season to the weary.
He wnkeneth morning by morning,
He wakeneth mine ear to hearken with the attention of a learner.
5The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear,
And I was not rebellious;
Neither turned away back.
6I gave my back to the smiters,
And my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:
I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7For the Lord Jehovah will help me;
Therefore I shall not be ashamed:
Therefore I set my face like a flint,
For I know that I shall not be confounded.
8He is near that justifieth me;
Who is he that will contend with me? let us stand forth together:
Who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me;
Who is he that shall condemn me?
Lo! they all shall wax old as a garment;
The moth shall eat them up.
10Who is there among you that feareth Jehovah,
That hearkeneth unto the voice of his servant,
That walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
Let him trust in the name of Jehovah;
And stay himself upon his God.
11Behold, all ye that kindle a fire,
Who are begirt with combustible materials:
Walk ye in the light of your fire,
And amid the combustible materials which ye have kindled.
From my hand shall this befall you;
In sorrow ye shall lie down.

Isaiah 50

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The Lord's Power To Punish
1 # Ba 4.6. The Lord says, “Children,
I didn't divorce your mother
or sell you to pay debts;
I divorced her and sold you
because of your sins.
2I came and called out,
but you didn't answer.
Have I lost my power
to rescue and save?
At my command oceans and rivers
turn into deserts;
fish rot and stink
for lack of water.
3I make the sky turn dark
like the sackcloth
you wear at funerals.”
God's Servant Must Suffer
4The Lord God gives me
the right words
to encourage the weary.
Each morning he awakens me
eager to learn his teaching;
5he made me willing to listen
and not rebel or run away.
6 # Mt 26.67; Mk 14.65. I let them beat my back
and pull out my beard.
I didn't turn aside
when they insulted me
and spit in my face.
7But the Lord God keeps me
from being disgraced.
So I refuse to give up,
because I know
God will never let me down.
8 # Ro 8.33,34. My protector is nearby;
no one can stand here
to accuse me of wrong.
9The Lord God will help me
and prove I am innocent.
My accusers will wear out
like moth-eaten clothes.
10None of you respect the Lord
or obey his servant.
You walk in the dark
instead of the light;
you don't trust the name
of the Lord your God.#50.10 God: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 10.
11Go ahead and walk in the light
of the fires you have set.#50.11 Go … set: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
But with his own hand,
the Lord will punish you
and make you suffer.