KJ2000(i) 2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? 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 of 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 learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he awakens morning by morning, he awakens my ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned backward. 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked out the beard: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.