Isaiah 50:1-11 Reading the Passage

Rely upon the Lord Your God – Isaiah 50:1-11

50 This is what Jehovah says, Where is the certificate of divorce by which I sent your mother away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? You were sold because of your iniquities, and because of your transgressions your mother was sent away. (2) When I came, why was there no one to welcome me? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Is my arm so short that it cannot redeem you? Or do I lack the strength to deliver you? Listen. By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn the rivers into a desert; their fish rot due to lack of water and die of thirst. (3) I clothe the heavens with black mourning garments and make sackcloth their covering.

(4) The Lord Jehovah has given me the speech of one who has been taught, so that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He wakens me every morning; he wakens my ear to listen like a disciple. (5) The Lord Jehovah has opened my ears; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn back. (6) I yielded my back to those who beat me and I yielded my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not cover my face from mocking and spitting. (7) Because the Lord Jehovah will help me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like a flint; I know that I will not be put to shame. (8) The one who vindicates me is near; who, then, can bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! (9) Look! The Lord Jehovah is the one who will help me; who can condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment and become moth-eaten.

(10) Who among you fears Jehovah? Who among you obeys the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, without a ray of light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah and rely upon his God. (11) Listen, all of you who kindle fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches: walk by the light of your fires and with the torches you have set ablaze! But this is what you shall receive from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.