50:7 But the sovereign Lord helps me,
so I am not humiliated.
For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; 1
I know I will not be put to shame.
50:8 The one who vindicates me is close by.
Who dares to argue with me? Let us confront each other! 2
50:9 Look, the sovereign Lord helps me.
Who dares to condemn me?
Look, all of them will wear out like clothes;
a moth will eat away at them.
50:10 Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys 5 his servant?
Whoever walks in deep darkness, 6
should trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
1 tn Heb “Therefore I set my face like flint.”
2 tn Heb “Let us stand together!”
3 tn Heb “Who is the master of my judgment?”
4 tn Heb “let him approach me”; NAB, NIV “Let him confront me.”
5 tn Heb “[who] listens to the voice of his servant?” The interrogative is understood by ellipsis (note the preceding line).
6 tn The plural indicates degree. Darkness may refer to exile and/or moral evil.