Isaiah 50
International Standard Version

A Call to Return to God

1This is what the LORD says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce

with which I sent her away?

Or to which of my creditors did I sell you?

Look! It’s because of your sins that you were sold,

and because of your transgressions that your mother was sent away.

2Why is it that when I came, no one was there?

Why was there no answer when I called?

Was my arma too short to redeem you?

Dob I lack the strength to rescue you?

Look! By my mere rebuke I dry up the sea,

I turn rivers into a desert.

Their fish stink for lack of water

and die of thirst.

3I clothe the skies with darkness

and make sackcloth their covering.”

The Servant’s Obedience

4“The Lord GOD has given me

a learned tongue, so that I may know

how to sustain the weary with words.

Andc morning after morning he wakens,

andd he wakens my ear to

listen like those who are being taught.

5My Lord GODe has opened my ears,

and I did not rebel;

I did not shrink back.

6I gave my back to those who beat me

and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.f

I did not turn awayg my face

from insults and spitting.

7For the Lord GOD helps me,

so I won’t be disgraced.

Therefore I’ve made my face like flint,

and I know that I won’t be put to shame.”

The Servant’s Vindication

8The one who vindicates me is near.

Who, then, will bring a charge against me?

Let’s face each other!

Who has a case against me?

Let him confront me!

9See! It is the Lord GOD who will help me.

Who is it that will declare me guilty?

See! They will all wear out like a garment;

moths will eat them up.

10Who among you fearsh the LORD,

obeying the voice of his servant,

who among youi walksj in darknessk

and has no light?

Let him trust in the name of the LORD,

and rely upon his God.

11Look! All thosel who light a fire,

who surround yourselves with flaming torches—

walk by the light of your fire,

and by the torches that you have set ablaze!

This is what you will receive from my hand:

you will lie down in torment.


Footnotes:
a 50:2 Lit. my hand
b 50:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Or do
c 50:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack And
d 50:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack and
e 50:5 So 1QIsaa; MT reads the Lord
f 50:6 So MT; 1QIsaa employs an incorrect reading; LXX reads to blows
g 50:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads hide
h 50:10 So 1QIsaa (pl.); MT LXX read fear (sing.)
i 50:10 1QIsaa MT LXX lack among you
j 50:10 So 1QIsaa LXX (pl.); MT reads walks (sing.)
k 50:10 So 1QIsaa; MT employs a different form
l 50:11 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read you



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