Isaiah 50

1The Lord says, “˻People of Israel, you say that I divorced your mother, Jerusalem.˼ But where is the legal paper that proves I divorced her? My children, did I owe money to someone? Did I sell you to pay a debt? No! You were sold because of the bad things you did. Your mother ˻(Jerusalem)˼ was sent away because of the bad things you did. 2I came home and found no one there. I called and called, but no one answered. Do you think I am not able to save you? I have the power to save you from all of your troubles. Look, if I command the sea to dry up, then it will become dry! The fish will die without water, and their bodies will rot. 3I can make the skies dark. I can cover the skies in darkness as black as the clothes of sadness.” 4The Lord my Master gave me the ability to teach. So now I teach these sad people. Every morning he wakes me and teaches me like a student. 5The Lord my Master helps me learn, and I have not turned against him. I will not stop following him. 6I will let those people beat me. I will let them pull the hair from my beard. I will not hide my face when they say bad things to me and spit at me. 7The Lord my Master will help me. So the bad things they say will not hurt me. I will be strong. I know I will not be disappointed. 8The Lord is with me. He shows I am innocent. So no person will be able to show I am guilty. If someone wants to try to prove I am wrong, that person should come to me, and we will have a trial. 9But look, the Lord my Master helps me. So no person can show me to be evil. All those people will become like worthless old clothes. Moths will eat them. 10The people that respect the Lord also listen to his servant. That servant lives completely trusting in God without knowing what will happen. He truly trusts in the Lord’s name, and that servant depends on his God. 11“Look, ˻you people want to live your own ways˼. You light your own fires and torches ˻(lights)˼. So, ˻live your own way˼. But, you will be punished! You will fall into your fires and torches and you will be burned. I will make that happen.”

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