1 This 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? ¶ Because of your sins you were sold; ¶ because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
2 When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? ¶ Was my arm too short to deliver you? ¶ Do I lack the strength to rescue you? ¶ By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, ¶ I turn rivers into a desert; ¶ their fish rot for lack of water ¶ and die of thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering."
4 The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, ¶ to know the word that sustains the weary. ¶ He wakens me morning by morning, ¶ wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
5 The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, ¶ I have not turned away.
6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; ¶ I did not hide my face ¶ from mocking and spitting.
7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. ¶ Therefore have I set my face like flint, ¶ and I know I will not be put to shame.
8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? ¶ Let us face each other! ¶ Who is my accuser? ¶ Let him confront me!
9 It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who will condemn me? ¶ They will all wear out like a garment; ¶ the moths will eat them up.
10 Who among you fears the LORD ¶ and obeys the word of his servant? ¶ Let the one who walks in the dark, ¶ who has no light, ¶ trust in the name of the LORD ¶ and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, ¶ go, walk in the light of your fires ¶ and of the torches you have set ablaze. ¶ This is what you shall receive from my hand: ¶ You will lie down in torment.