The sovereign Lord has given me
the capacity to be His spokesman,
so that I know how to help the weary.
He wakes me up every morning;
He makes me alert so I can listen
attentively as disciples do.
The sovereign Lord has spoken to me clearly;
I have not rebelled,
I have not turned back.
I offered my back to those who attacked,
my jaws to those who tore out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from insults and spitting.
But the sovereign Lord helps me,
so I am not humiliated.
For that reason I am steadfastly resolved;
I know I will not be put to shame.