1 aThus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother’s bdivorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your ciniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your dmother put away.
2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my ahand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no bpower to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I cdry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the alearned, that I should know how to speak a bword in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
7 ¶ For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that ajustifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the alight of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in bsorrow.