Bible: Isa 44:12-20

44:12 A blacksmith works with his tool 1 

and forges metal over the coals.

He forms it 2  with hammers;

he makes it with his strong arm.

He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3 

he drinks no water and gets tired.

44:13 A carpenter takes measurements; 4 

he marks out an outline of its form; 5 

he scrapes 6  it with chisels,

and marks it with a compass.

He patterns it after the human form, 7 

like a well-built human being,

and puts it in a shrine. 8 

44:14 He cuts down cedars

and acquires a cypress 9  or an oak.

He gets 10  trees from the forest;

he plants a cedar 11  and the rain makes it grow.

44:15 A man uses it to make a fire; 12 

he takes some of it and warms himself.

Yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

Then he makes a god and worships it;

he makes an idol and bows down to it. 13 

44:16 Half of it he burns in the fire

over that half he cooks 14  meat;

he roasts a meal and fills himself.

Yes, he warms himself and says,

Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’

44:17 With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol;

he bows down to it and worships it.

He prays to it, saying,

Rescue me, for you are my god!’

44:18 They do not comprehend or understand,

for their eyes are blind and cannot see;

their minds do not discern. 15 

44:19 No one thinks to himself,

nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:

‘I burned half of it in the fire

yes, I baked bread over the coals;

I roasted meat and ate it.

With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?

Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 16 

44:20 He feeds on ashes; 17 

his deceived mind misleads him.

He cannot rescue himself,

nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 18 

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