Christ sheweth that the dereliction of the Jews is not to be imputed to him, by his ability to save,
Isaiah 50:1 Thus sayth þe Lord: where is þe byll of your mothers deuorcement, that I sent her awaye? or who is þe vsurer, to whom I solde you? Beholde, for your awne offences are ye solde, & because of youre transgression, is youre mother forsaken. Isaiah 50:2 For why wolde no man receaue me, when I came? and when I called, no man gaue me answere. Is my hande shortened that it might not helpe? or haue I not power to deliuer? lo, at a worde I dryncke vp the see and of water floudes I make drye lande: so that for want of water, the fyshe corrupt and dye for thurst. Isaiah 50:3 As for heauen, I clothe it with darcknesse, and put as it were a sack vpon it. Isaiah 50:4 The Lorde God hath geuen me a well lerned tonge, so that I can confort them which are troubled: yee, and that in due ceason. He wakeneth myne eare vp by tymes in þe mornynge: by tymes in the morninge, I saye, he will waken myne eare, that I myght herken as to þe scole masters.
by his obedience in that work,
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord God hath opened myne eare, therfore can I nott saye, naye: ner withdrawe my selfe: Isaiah 50:6 but I offre my backe vnto the smyters, & my chekes to the nippers. I turne not my face from shame and spittyng,
and by his confidence in that assistance.
Isaiah 50:7 & the Lord God shall helpe me: therfore shall I not be confounded. I haue hardened my face like a flynt stone, for I am sure, þt I shall not come to confusion. Isaiah 50:8 He is at hand that iustifieth me, who will then go wt me to lawe? Let vs stande one against another: yf there be any þt wyll reason with me, let hym come here forth to me. Isaiah 50:9 Beholde, the Lorde God standeth by me, what is he then þt can condempne me? lo, they shalbe all like as an olde clothe, the mothe shall eate them vp.
An exhortation to trust in God, and not in ourselves.
Isaiah 50:10 Therfore, whoso feareth the Lord among you, let him heare the voyce of his seruaunt, Whoso walketh in darcknesse, and no lyght shyneth vpon him, lett hym put hys trust in the name of the Lorde, and holde him by his God. Isaiah 50:11 But take hede, ye all kyndle a fyre of the wrath of God, and stere vp the coales: walke on in the glistering of your awne fyre & in þe coales þt ye haue kindled. This cometh vnto you fro my hande, namely that ye shall slepe in sorowe.