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Isaiah 45:5-12Revised Standard Version (RSV)

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I gird you, though you do not know me,
that men may know, from the rising of the sun
    and from the west, that there is none besides me;
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness,
    I make weal and create woe,
    I am the Lord, who do all these things.

“Shower, O heavens, from above,
    and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,[a]
    and let it cause righteousness to spring up also;
    I the Lord have created it.

“Woe to him who strives with his Maker,
    an earthen vessel with the potter![b]
Does the clay say to him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’
    or ‘Your work has no handles’?
10 Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
    or to a woman, ‘With what are you in travail?’”
11 Thus says the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Will you question me[c] about my children,
    or command me concerning the work of my hands?
12 I made the earth,
    and created man upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
    and I commanded all their host.


  1. Isaiah 45:8 One ancient Ms: Heb that they may bring forth salvation
  2. Isaiah 45:9 Cn: Heb potsherds or potters
  3. Isaiah 45:11 Cn: Heb Ask me of things to come
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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