1 Thus says the Lord, Of what kind is your mother's bill of divorcement, by which I put her away? or to which debtor have I sold you? Behold, you° are sold for your sins, and for your iniquities have I put your mother away. 2 Why did I come, and there was no man? why did I call, and there was none to listen? Is not my hand strong to redeem? or can I not deliver? behold, by my rebuke I will dry up the sea, and make rivers a wilderness; and their fish shall be dried up because there is no water, and shall die for thirst. 3 I will clothe the sky with darkness, and will make its covering as sackcloth. 4 * Gr. the Lord the Lord. See on 3 Ki. 8. 53 The Lord even God gives me the tongue of instruction, to know when it is fit to speak a word: he has appointed for me early, he has given me an ear to hear: 5 and the instruction of the Lord, even the Lord, opens my ears, and I do not disobey, nor dispute. 6 I gave my back to scourges, and my cheeks to blows; and I turned not away my face from the shame of spitting: 7 but the Lord God became my helper; therefore I was not ashamed, but I set my face as a solid rock; and I know that I shall never be ashamed, 8 for he that has justified me draws near; who is he that pleads with me? let him stand up against me at the same time: yes, who is he that pleads with me? let him draw near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord, the Lord, will help me; who will hurt me? behold, all you° shall wax old as a garment, and a moth shall devour you. 10 Who is among you that fears the Lord? let him listen to the voice of his servant: you° that walk in darkness, and have no light, trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon God. 11 Behold, you° all kindle a fire, and feed a flame: walk in the light of your fire, and in the flame which you° have kindled. This has happened to you for my sake; you° shall lie down in sorrow.
*50:4 Gr. the Lord the Lord. See on 3 Ki. 8. 53