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Isaiah 45:9-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Woe to you who strive with your Maker,
    earthen vessels with the potter![a]
Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”?
    or “Your work has no handles”?
10 Woe to anyone who says to a father, “What are you begetting?”
    or to a woman, “With what are you in labor?”
11 Thus says the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Will you question me[b] about my children,
    or command me concerning the work of my hands?
12 I made the earth,
    and created humankind upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
    and I commanded all their host.
13 I have aroused Cyrus[c] in righteousness,
    and I will make all his paths straight;
he shall build my city
    and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,
    says the Lord of hosts.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 45:9 Cn: Heb with the potsherds, or with the potters
  2. Isaiah 45:11 Cn: Heb Ask me of things to come
  3. Isaiah 45:13 Heb him
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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