Isaiah 44:6-23 NIV

The Lord,= Not Idols

6 "This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King1 and Redeemer,2 the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last;3 apart from me there is no God.4

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7 Who then is like me?5 Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let him foretell6 what will come.

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8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim7 this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God8 besides me? No, there is no other Rock;9 I know not one."

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9 All who make idols10 are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.11 Those who would speak up for them are blind;12 they are ignorant, to their own shame.13

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10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,14 which can profit him nothing?15

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11 He and his kind will be put to shame;16 craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.17

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12 The blacksmith18 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.19 He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.20

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13 The carpenter21 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,22 of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.23

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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,24 and the rain made it grow.

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15 It is man's fuel25 for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships26 it; he makes an idol and bows27 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.28"

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17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.29 He prays30 to it and says, "Save31 me; you are my god."

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18 They know nothing, they understand32 nothing; their eyes33 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 understanding34 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;35 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable36 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"37

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      20 He feeds on ashes,38 a deluded39 heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?4041"

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      21 "Remember42 these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel.43 I have made you, you are my servant;44 O Israel, I will not forget you.45

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      22 I have swept away46 your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return47 to me, for I have redeemed48 you."

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      23 Sing for joy,49 O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth50 beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,51 you forests and all your trees,52 for the LORD has redeemed53 Jacob, he displays his glory54 in Israel.

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