Bible: Isaiah 50:4-9

The Servant Perseveres

50:4 The sovereign Lord has given me the capacity to be his spokesman, 1 

so that I know how to help the weary. 2 

He wakes me up every morning;

he makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do. 3 

50:5 The sovereign Lord has spoken to me clearly; 4 

I have not rebelled,

I have not turned back.

50:6 I offered my back to those who attacked, 5 

my jaws to those who tore out my beard;

I did not hide my face

from insults and spitting.

50:7 But the sovereign Lord helps me,

so I am not humiliated.

For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; 6 

I know I will not be put to shame.

50:8 The one who vindicates me is close by.

Who dares to argue with me? Let us confront each other! 7 

Who is my accuser? 8  Let him challenge me! 9 

50:9 Look, the sovereign Lord helps me.

Who dares to condemn me?

Look, all of them will wear out like clothes;

a moth will eat away at them.

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