Isaiah 44:12-22 NIV

12 The blacksmith1 takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm.2 He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.3

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13 The carpenter4 measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man,5 of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.6

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14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine,7 and the rain made it grow.

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15 It is man's fuel8 for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships9 it; he makes an idol and bows10 down to it.

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16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.11"

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17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.12 He prays13 to it and says, "Save14 me; you are my god."

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18 They know nothing, they understand15 nothing; their eyes16 are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

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19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding17 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;18 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable19 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"20

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      20 He feeds on ashes,21 a deluded22 heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?2324"

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      21 "Remember25 these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel.26 I have made you, you are my servant;27 O Israel, I will not forget you.28

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      22 I have swept away29 your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return30 to me, for I have redeemed31 you."

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