1 This is what the Lord says:
“Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
by which I divorced her?
Or to which of my creditors did I sell you?1 Look, you were sold because of your sins;2 because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother.3
2 Why does no one challenge me when I come?
Why does no one respond when I call?4 Is my hand too weak5 to deliver6 you?
Do I lack the power to rescue you?
Look, with a mere shout7 I can dry up the sea;
I can turn streams into a desert,
so the fish rot away and die
3 I can clothe the sky in darkness;
I can cover it with sackcloth.”
The Servant Perseveres
4 The sovereign Lord has given me the capacity to be his spokesman,9 so that I know how to help the weary.10
He wakes me up every morning;
he makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do.11 5 The sovereign Lord has spoken to me clearly;12
I have not rebelled,
I have not turned back.
6 I offered my back to those who attacked,13
my jaws to those who tore out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from insults and spitting.
7 But the sovereign Lord helps me,
so I am not humiliated.
For that reason I am steadfastly resolved;14
I know I will not be put to shame.
8 The one who vindicates me is close by.
Who dares to argue with me? Let us confront each other!15 Who is my accuser?16 Let him challenge me!17
9 Look, the sovereign Lord helps me.
Who dares to condemn me?
Look, all of them will wear out like clothes;
a moth will eat away at them.
10 Who among you fears the Lord?
Whoever walks in deep darkness,19
should trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
11 Look, all of you who start a fire
and who equip yourselves with20 flaming arrows,21 walk22 in the light23 of the fire you started and among the flaming arrows you ignited!24 This is what you will receive from me:25 you will lie down in a place of pain.26