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Isaiah 29:14-16 International Standard Version (ISV)

14 Therefore, watch out!

“As for me,[a] I will once again
    do amazing things with this people,
        wonder upon wonder.
The wisdom of their wise men will perish,
    and the insights[b] of their discerning men will stay hidden.”

A Rebuke to the Deceptive

15 “How terrible it will be for you who go to great depths
    to hide your plans from the Lord,
you whose deeds have been[c] done[d] in the dark,
    and who say, ‘Who can see us?
        Who has recognized[e] us?’
16 He has turned the tables on you[f]
    as if the potter were thought to be like heat.[g]
Can what is made say of the one who made it,
    ‘He did not make me?’
Or can what is formed say of the ones[h] who formed it,
    ‘He has no skill?’


  1. Isaiah 29:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks as for me
  2. Isaiah 29:14 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read insight
  3. Isaiah 29:15 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read deeds are (or will be)
  4. Isaiah 29:15 DSS MT lack done
  5. Isaiah 29:15 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read recognizes
  6. Isaiah 29:16 So 1QIsaa; MT reads You turn things upside down!
  7. Isaiah 29:16 I.e. the fire in a kiln; so 1QIsaa; MT LXX read clay
  8. Isaiah 29:16 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read one
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Isaiah 29:14-16 New International Version (NIV)

14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
    with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
    the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
    to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
    “Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
    “You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
    “You know nothing”?

New International Version (NIV)

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