“Was your mother sent away because I divorced her?
Did I sell you as slaves to my creditors?
No, you were sold because of your sins.
And your mother, too, was taken because of your sins.
Why didn’t anyone answer when I called?
Is it because I have no power to rescue?
No, that is not the reason!
For I can speak to the sea and make it dry up!
I can turn rivers into deserts covered with dying fish.
covering them with clothes of mourning.”
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.
and I have listened.
I have not rebelled or turned away.
and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.
I did not hide my face
from mockery and spitting.
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like a stone,
determined to do his will.
And I know that I will not be put to shame.
Who will dare to bring charges against me now?
Where are my accusers?
Let them appear!
Who will declare me guilty?
All my enemies will be destroyed
like old clothes that have been eaten by moths!
and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,
without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord
and rely on your God.
and warm yourselves by your own fires.
This is the reward you will receive from me:
You will soon fall down in great torment.