9 They that form a graven image are all of them vanity, and their delectable things are of no profit; and they are their own witnesses: they see not, nor know; -- that they may be ashamed.
References for Isaiah 44:9
    • d 44:9 - As ch. 40.17,23.
    • e 44:9 - Or 'they are witnesses for them, since they see not nor know.'
      10 Who hath formed a ·god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
      11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed; and the workmen are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand up: they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together.
      12 The iron-smith [hath] a chisel, and he worketh in the coals, and he fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with his strong arm; -- but he is hungry, and his strength faileth; he hath not drunk water, and he is faint.
      References for Isaiah 44:12
        • f 44:12 - Others, 'an axe.'
          13 The worker in wood stretcheth out a line; he marketh it out with red chalk; he formeth it with sharp tools, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of man: that it may remain in the house.
          References for Isaiah 44:13
              14 When he heweth him down cedars, he taketh also a holm-oak and a terebinth -- he chooseth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth a pine, and the rain maketh [it] grow.
              References for Isaiah 44:14
                • j 44:14 - Or 'oak.'
                • k 44:14 - Lit. 'and he maketh [it] strong for himself:' see Ps. 80.17. Others explain it in the sense of allowing the tree to grow to its full size and strength.
                • l 44:14 - Or 'mountain-ash.'
                  15 And it shall be for a man to burn, and he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself; he kindleth it also, and baketh bread; he maketh also a ·god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
                  16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh, he roasteth roast, and is satisfied; yea, he is warm, and saith, Aha, I am become warm, I have seen the fire.
                  References for Isaiah 44:16
                    • m 44:16 - Lit. 'light.'
                      17 And with the remainder thereof he maketh a ·god, his graven image; he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me, for thou art my ·god.
                      18 They have no knowledge, and understand not; for he hath plastered their eyes, that they may not see; and their hearts, that they may not understand.
                      19 And none taketh it to heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire, and have also baked bread upon the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh, and eaten [it], and with the rest thereof shall I make an abomination? shall I bow down to a block of wood?
                      References for Isaiah 44:19
                        • n 44:19 - Lit. 'his heart;' as ch. 46.8.
                          20 He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?