and forges metal over the coals.
He forms it 2 with hammers;
he makes it with his strong arm.
He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3
he drinks no water and gets tired.
54:16 Look, I create the craftsman,
who fans the coals into a fire
and forges a weapon. 4
I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
2 tn Some English versions take the pronoun “it” to refer to an idol being fashioned by the blacksmith (cf. NIV, NCV, CEV). NLT understands the referent to be “a sharp tool,” which is then used by the carpenter in the following verse to carve an idol from wood.
3 tn Heb “and there is no strength”; NASB “his strength fails.”
4 tn Heb “who brings out an implement for his work.”