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Isaiah 45:9

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The Lord Gives a Warning

45:9 One who argues with his creator is in grave danger, 1 

one who is like a mere 2  shard among the other shards on the ground!

The clay should not say to the potter, 3 

“What in the world 4  are you doing?

Your work lacks skill!” 5 

Isaiah 64:8

Context

64:8 Yet, 6  Lord, you are our father.

We are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the product of your labor. 7 

1 tn Heb “Woe [to] the one who argues with the one who formed him.”

2 tn The words “one who is like a mere” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons and clarification.

3 tn Heb “Should the clay say to the one who forms it?” The rhetorical question anticipates a reply, “Of course not!”

4 tn The words “in the world” are supplied in the translation to approximate in English idiom the force of the sarcastic question.

5 tn Heb “your work, there are no hands for it,” i.e., “your work looks like something made by a person who has no hands.”

6 tn On the force of וְעַתָּה (vÿattah) here, see HALOT 902 s.v. עַתָּה.

7 tn Heb “the work of your hand.”



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