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Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.
Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What
makest thou? Or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What be
gettest thou? Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his
Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, And concerning the work of my hands command
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens,
Not for price nor reward,
The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia
And of the Sabeans, men of stature,
Shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine:
They shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over,
And they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make
supplication unto thee, saying,
0 God of Israel, the Saviour.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them:
They shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation:
Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he
hath established it, He created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited:
I am the Lord; and there is none else.
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:
I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain:
I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
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Assemble yourselves and come; Draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations:
They have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image,
And pray unto a god that cannot save.
Tell ye, and bring them near;
Yea, let them take counsel together:
Who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time?
Have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me;
A just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
For I am God, and there is none else.
The word is gone out of my mouth in righteous-
Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength:
Even to him shall men come;
And all that are incensed against him shall be asham ed.
In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth,
Your carriages were heavy loaden;
Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
Which are borne by me from the belly,
Which are carried from the womb:
And even to your old age I am he;
And even to hoar hairs will I carry you:
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal,
And compare me, that we may be like?
They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver in the balance,
And hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god:
They fall down, yea, they worship.
They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him,
And set him in his place, and he standeth;
From his place shall he not remove:
Yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer,
Nor save him out of his trouble.
Remember this, and shew yourselves men:
Saying, My counsel shall stand,
Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon,
Sit on the ground: there is no throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans:
For thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
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