Bible: Isa 44:9-20

44:9 All who form idols are nothing;

the things in which they delight are worthless.

Their witnesses cannot see;

they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.

44:10 Who forms a god and casts an idol

that will prove worthless? 1 

44:11 Look, all his associates 2  will be put to shame;

the craftsmen are mere humans. 3 

Let them all assemble and take their stand!

They will panic and be put to shame.

44:12 A blacksmith works with his tool 4 

and forges metal over the coals.

He forms it 5  with hammers;

he makes it with his strong arm.

He gets hungry and loses his energy; 6 

he drinks no water and gets tired.

44:13 A carpenter takes measurements; 7 

he marks out an outline of its form; 8 

he scrapes 9  it with chisels,

and marks it with a compass.

He patterns it after the human form, 10 

like a well-built human being,

and puts it in a shrine. 11 

44:14 He cuts down cedars

and acquires a cypress 12  or an oak.

He gets 13  trees from the forest;

he plants a cedar 14  and the rain makes it grow.

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

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. 16 

44:16 Half of it he burns in the fire

over that half he cooks 17  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. 18 

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?’ 19 

44:20 He feeds on ashes; 20 

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?’ 21 

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