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Isaiah 44:18-20

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44:18 They do not comprehend or understand,

for their eyes are blind and cannot see;

their minds do not discern. 1 

44:19 No one thinks to himself,

nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:

‘I burned half of it in the fire –

yes, I baked bread over the coals;

I roasted meat and ate it.

With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?

Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 2 

44:20 He feeds on ashes; 3 

his deceived mind misleads him.

He cannot rescue himself,

nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 4 

1 tn Heb “for their eyes are smeared over so they cannot see, so their heart cannot be wise.”

2 tn There is no formal interrogative sign here, but the context seems to indicate these are rhetorical questions. See GKC 473 §150.a.

3 tn Or perhaps, “he eats on an ash heap.”

4 tn Heb “Is it not a lie in my right hand?”



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