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. Morning by morning he awakens; he
awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and
spitting. But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I
have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. He who
vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is
my adversary? Let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will
declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will
eat them up. Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let
him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely
on his God.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.