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Isaiah 44:9-20 (Lexham English Bible)

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Idolatry Is Ridiculous

9 All those who form an idol [are] nothing, and their delightful things do not profit. And their witnesses do not see or know, so they will be ashamed. 10 Who would form a god and cast an image of [which] he cannot profit? 11 Look! all his companions shall be ashamed, and [the] artisans [are] human! Let all of them assemble; let them stand up. They shall tremble;a they shall be ashamed together. 12 [The] {ironsmith}b works in the coals [with his] tool and forms it with hammers. And he makes it with {his strong arm};c indeed, he becomes hungry, and {he lacks}d strength; he does not drink water, and he is faint. 13 [The] {woodworker}e stretches out a line; he makes an outline [of] it with [a] marker. He makes it with [a] knife and makes an outline [of] it with [a] compass. He makes it like [the] image of a man, like [the] beauty of a human, to dwell [in] a temple.f 14 Cutting down cedars for himself, he {chooses}g a holm tree and an oak, and he lets it grow strong for him among [the] trees of [the] forest. He plants a cedar, and [the] rain makes [it] grow. 15 And it {becomes fuel for a human},h and he takes some of it and grows warm; also, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also, he makes a god and bows in worship; he makes himself an image and bows down to it! 16 He burns half of it in [the] fire; he eats meat over half of it; he roasts a roast and is satisfied. Also he grows warm and says, "Ah! I am warm! I see [the] fire!" 17 And he makes the remainder of it into a god! He bows down to his idol, and he bows in worship and prays to him, and he says, "Save me, for you [are] my god!" 18 They do not know, and they do not understand, for their eyes [are] besmeared {so that they cannot see},i their {minds}j {so that they have no insight}.k 19 And {no one takes it to heart},l and [there is] no knowledge and no understanding to say, "I burned half of it in [the] fire and also I baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat, and I have eaten. And I shall make [the] rest of it into an abomination! I shall bow down to a block of wood!" 20 [He] feeds [on] ashes; a {deceived mind}m misleads him. And he cannot save {himself},n and he cannot say, "Is [this] not an illusion in my right hand?"
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