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
Ex 9:16,17; Job 15:24-26; Job 40:8,9; Ps 2:2-9; Pr 21:30; Isa 10:15; Isa 29:16; Isa 64:8; Jer 18:6; Jer 50:24; Ro 9:20,21; 1Co 10:22
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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.”