NHEB(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 can't redeem? or have I no power to deliver? Look, 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 those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. 5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. 6 I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; I did not cover my face from insults and spitting.