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Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the

earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What

makest thou? Or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What be

gettest thou?

Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his

Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, And concerning the work of my hands command

ye me.

I have made the earth,
And created man upon it:
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens,
And all their host have I commanded.
I have raised him

up in righteousness, And I will direct all his ways: He shall build my city, and he shall let go my cap

tives, Not for price nor reward, Saith the Lord of hosts. Thus saith the Lord, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia And of the Sabeans, men of stature, Shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: They shall come after thee; in chains they shall

come over, And they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make

supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; And there is none else, there is no God. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of

them: They shall go to confusion together that are makers

of idols. But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an ever

lasting salvation: Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world with

out end.

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he

hath established it, He created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the

earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in

vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that

are right.

Assemble yourselves and come;
Draw near together, ye that are escaped of the na-

tions: They have no knowledge that set up the wood of

their graven image, And pray unto a god that cannot save.

and bring them near; Yea, let them take counsel together: Who hath declared this from ancient time? who

hath told it from that time? Have not I the Lord? and there is no God else be

Tell ye,

side me;

A just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the

earth: For I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, The word is gone out of my mouth in righteous

ness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteous

ness and strength: Even to him shall men come; And all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified,

and shall glory

Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth,
Their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the

Your carriages were heavy loaden;
They are a burden to the
They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
But themselves are gone into captivity.

weary beast.

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
Which are borne by me from the belly,
Which are carried from the womb:
And even to your old age I am he;
And even to hoar hairs will I carry you:
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
To whom will

and make me equal,
And compare me, that we may be like?
They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver in the balance,
And hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god:
They fall down, yea, they worship.
They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him,
And set him in his place, and he standeth;
From his place shall he not remove:
Yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer,
Nor save him out of his trouble.

ye liken me,

Remember this, and shew yourselves men:
Bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Remember the former things of old:
For I am God, and there is none else;
I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times the things that are not yet

Saying, My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east,
The man that executeth my counsel from a far

Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;
I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted,
That are far from righteousness:
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off,
And salvation shall not tarry:
And I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my



Come down, and sit in the dust, О virgin daughter

of Babylon,
Sit on the ground: there is no throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans:
For thou shalt no more be called tender and deli-



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