29:14 Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people –
an absolutely extraordinary deed. 1
Wise men will have nothing to say,
the sages will have no explanations.” 2
who do their work in secret and boast, 4
“Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” 5
Should the potter be regarded as clay? 7
Should the thing made say 8 about its maker, “He didn’t make me”?
Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand”?
1 tn Heb “Therefore I will again do something amazing with these people, an amazing deed, an amazing thing.” This probably refers to the amazing transformation predicted in vv. 17-24, which will follow the purifying judgment implied in vv. 15-16.
2 tn Heb “the wisdom of their wise ones will perish, the discernment of their discerning ones will keep hidden.”
4 tn Heb “and their works are in darkness and they say.”
5 tn The rhetorical questions suggest the answer, “no one.” They are confident that their deeds are hidden from others, including God.
6 tn Heb “your overturning.” The predicate is suppressed in this exclamation. The idea is, “O your perversity! How great it is!” See GKC 470 §147.c. The people “overturn” all logic by thinking their authority supersedes God’s.
7 tn The expected answer to this rhetorical question is “of course not.” On the interrogative use of אִם (’im), see BDB 50 s.v.
8 tn Heb “that the thing made should say.”