EJ2000(i) 2 for I came, and no one showed himself; I called, and no one answered. Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink because there is no water and die for thirst. 3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering. 4 ¶ The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the wise that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary; he wakes up early, early shall he awaken my ear, that I might hear, as the wise. 5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 6 I gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to those that plucked off the hair: I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.