This is what the Lord, the Holy One of Israel [1:4], and its Maker, says: “You ask me about what will happen. ·You [or Do you…?; or How dare you…!] question me about my children. ·You [or Do you…?; or How dare you…!] give me orders about ·what I have made [the work of my hands].
Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel’s Maker, says: “Do you question who or what I’m making? Are you telling me what I can or cannot do? I made earth, and I created man and woman to live on it. I handcrafted the skies and direct all the constellations in their turnings. And now I’ve got Cyrus on the move. I’ve rolled out the red carpet before him. He will build my city. He will bring home my exiles. I didn’t hire him to do this. I told him. I, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”
This is what the Lord says, the Holy One of Israel, the one who formed him, concerning things to come: “How dare you question me about my children! How dare you tell me what to do with the work of my own hands!
So the Eternal One, who is the Holy One and Maker of Israel, says, Eternal One:Are you really going to question Me about what will happen to My children, or lecture Me about what I should do with the ones I made with My own hands?
The Lord, the Holy of Israel, the former thereof, saith these things, Ask ye (of) me (of) things to coming on my sons, and send ye to me on the works of mine hands. (The Lord, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker, saith these things, Ye question me about my sons and daughters? ye instruct me upon the works of my hands?)
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