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28 And (A)there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, (B)which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

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28 There you will worship man-made gods(A) of wood and stone,(B) which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.(C)

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(A)Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.

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But their idols are silver and gold,(A)
    made by human hands.(B)

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10 Who would form a god or mold an image
(A)That profits him nothing?
11 Surely all his companions would be (B)ashamed;
And the workmen, they are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together,
Let them stand up;
Yet they shall fear,
They shall be ashamed together.

12 (C)The blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals,
Fashions it with hammers,
And works it with the strength of his arms.
Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails;
He drinks no water and is faint.

13 The craftsman stretches out his rule,
He marks one out with chalk;
He fashions it with a plane,
He marks it out with the compass,
And makes it like the figure of a man,
According to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in the house.
14 He cuts down cedars for himself,
And takes the cypress and the oak;
He [a]secures it for himself among the trees of the forest.
He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it.

15 Then it shall be for a man to burn,
For he will take some of it and warm himself;
Yes, he kindles it and bakes bread;
Indeed he makes a god and worships it;
He makes it a carved image, and falls down to it.
16 He burns half of it in the fire;
With this half he eats meat;
He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
He even warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm,
I have seen the fire.”
17 And the rest of it he makes into a god,
His carved image.
He falls down before it and worships it,
Prays to it and says,
“Deliver me, for you are my god!”

18 (D)They do not know nor understand;
For (E)He has [b]shut their eyes, so that they cannot see,
And their hearts, so that they cannot (F)understand.
19 And no one (G)considers in his heart,
Nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
“I have burned half of it in the fire,
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals;
I have roasted meat and eaten it;
And shall I make the rest of it an abomination?
Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”
20 He feeds on ashes;
(H)A deceived heart has turned him aside;
And he cannot deliver his soul,
Nor say, “Is there not a (I)lie in my right hand?”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 44:14 Lit. appropriates
  2. Isaiah 44:18 Lit. smeared over

10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,(A)
    which can profit nothing?(B)
11 People who do that will be put to shame;(C)
    such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
    they will be brought down to terror and shame.(D)

12 The blacksmith(E) 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.(F)
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
    he drinks no water and grows faint.(G)
13 The carpenter(H) 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,(I)
    human form in all its glory,
    that it may dwell in a shrine.(J)
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,(K) and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel(L) for burning;
    some of it he takes and warms himself,
    he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships(M) it;
    he makes an idol and bows(N) down to it.
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.(O)
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
    he bows down to it and worships.(P)
He prays(Q) to it and says,
    “Save(R) me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand(S) nothing;
    their eyes(T) are plastered over so they cannot see,
    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
    no one has the knowledge or understanding(U) to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;(V)
    I even baked bread over its coals,
    I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable(W) thing from what is left?
    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”(X)
20 Such a person feeds on ashes;(Y) a deluded(Z) heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(AA)

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For the customs of the peoples are [a]futile;
For (A)one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 10:3 Lit. vanity

For the practices of the peoples are worthless;
    they cut a tree out of the forest,
    and a craftsman(A) shapes it with his chisel.(B)

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29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, (A)we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

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29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.(A)

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Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that (A)an idol is nothing in the world, (B)and that there is no other God but one.

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So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols:(A) We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world”(B) and that “There is no God but one.”(C)

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19 What am I saying then? (A)That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?

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19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?(A)

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20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, (A)did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship (B)demons, (C)and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

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20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent(A) of the work of their hands;(B) they did not stop worshiping demons,(C) and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.(D)

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