Isaiah 50:4-11

The Lord's Servant

4 ‘The Lord God has given his message to me, his servant.

I speak it on his behalf.

I know what to say to help weak and tired people.

The Lord wakes me up every morning

so that I can learn something.

I listen carefully to him,

as a student listens to his teacher.

5 The Lord God has spoken clearly to me.

I have accepted his message,

and I have not turned back.

6 I offered my back

to the people who hit me.

I offered my face

to the people who pulled out my beard.

When they insulted me and they spat at me,

I did not hide my face from them.

7 The Lord God helps me,

so I will not be ashamed.

I have decided to stand and be strong,

because I know that I will not be ashamed.

8 God is the one who says that I am right,

and he stands beside me.

So who will accuse me that I have done something wrong?

We should meet in court!

Anyone who accuses me should come and speak!

9 Look! The Lord God himself helps me.

So nobody can say that I am guilty.

All the people who accuse me will soon disappear.

They will spoil like old clothes that moths have eaten!’

10 Do any of you respect the Lord with fear?

Do any of you obey his servant's message?

Are you walking in a place that is completely dark,

where there is no light?

Then you should trust in the Lord

as the God who will help you.

11 But no! You have lit your own fires.

You have burned branches to give yourselves light.

So now you must walk in the light of the fires that you have lit.

And this is what I will do for you:

I will punish you with great pain!