I am God, the only God there is. Besides me there are no real gods. I'm the one who armed you for this work, though you don't even know me,
So that everyone, from east to west, will know that I have no god-rivals. I am God, the only God there is.
I form light and create darkness, I make harmonies and create discords. I, God, do all these things.
"Open up, heavens, and rain. Clouds, pour out buckets of my goodness! Loosen up, earth, and bloom salvation; sprout right living. I, God, generate all this.
But doom to you who fight your Maker - you're a pot at odds with the potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: 'What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!'
Would a sperm say to a father, 'Who gave you permission to use me to make a baby?' Or a fetus to a mother, 'Why have you cooped me up in this belly?'"
Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel's Maker, says: "Do you question who or what I'm making? Are you telling me what I can or cannot do?
I made earth, and I created man and woman to live on it. I handcrafted the skies and direct all the constellations in their turnings.