24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 1st Reading

Isaiah 50:5-9a

The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
   have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
   my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
   from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
   therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
   knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
   if anyone wishes to oppose me,
   let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
   Let that man confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
   who will prove me wrong?