4 The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,b
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
and obeys the voice of his servant,
who walks in darkness
and has no light,
yet trusts in the name of the Lord
and relies upon his God?
lighters of firebrands.c
Walk in the flame of your fire,
and among the brands that you have kindled!
This is what you shall have from my hand:
you shall lie down in torment.
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