R U Listenin’?

With J Dilla

Al Wise
2 min readJun 7, 2020
Photo by Jasper Boer on Unsplash

Isaiah 50:4–10

[Sources: Douay-Rheims; Institute for Scripture Research; New American Standard Bible; Young’s Literal Translation]

4 The Lord Jehovah has given Me the tongue of taught ones, that I should know to help the weary with a word. He wakes Me morning by morning, he wakes My ear to hear as taught ones.

5 The Lord Jehovah has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.

6 I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.

7 And the Lord Jehovah is my helper, therefore am I not confounded: therefore have I set my face as a most hard rock, and I know that I shall not be confounded.

8 He who vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me.

9 See, the Lord Jehovah helps Me. Who would declare Me wrong? See, all of them wear out like a garment, a moth eats them.

10 Who among you is fearing the Lord Jehovah, obeying the voice of His Servant, that has walked in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the Name of the Lord Jehovah and lean upon his Elohim!

Author’s Notes. Verses 4 & 5 ISR, with YLT for “Lord Jehovah.” Verses 6 & 7 D-R with YLT for “Lord Jehovah.” Verse 8 NASB. Verses 9 &10 ISR with YLT for “Lord Jehovah.”

This passage from Isaiah found me around April 12, 2020, and this morning (June 7, 2020) I started drafting a version of it by compiling some translations — I wanted to save this on Medium. I was playing J Dilla in the background and R U Listenin’ just happened to start when I was editing verses 4 and 5.