Isaiah 44:9-20 TNIV

9 All who make idols1 are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.2 Those who would speak up for them are blind;3 they are ignorant, to their own shame.4

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10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,5 which can profit nothing?6

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11 People like that will be put to shame;7 skilled workers are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame.8

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12 The blacksmith9 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.10 He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.11

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13 The carpenter12 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 human form,13 human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.14

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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,15 and the rain made it grow.

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15 It is used as fuel16 for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships17 it; he makes an idol and bows18 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.19"

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17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.20 He prays21 to it and says, "Save22 me! You are my god!"

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18 They know nothing, they understand23 nothing; their eyes24 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 understanding25 to say, "Half of it I used for fuel;26 I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable27 thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"28

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      20 Such people feed on ashes,29 a deluded30 heart misleads them; they cannot save themselves, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?3132"