29 Look, all of them are a delusion;[a]
their works are nonexistent;
their images are wind and emptiness.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 41:29 DSS, Syr read are nothing

29 See, they are all false!
    Their deeds amount to nothing;(A)
    their images(B) are but wind(C) and confusion.

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Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch,
their idols cannot speak.(A)
They must be carried(B) because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them for they can do no harm(C)
and they cannot do any good.(D)

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Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,
    their idols cannot speak;(A)
they must be carried
    because they cannot walk.(B)
Do not fear them;
    they can do no harm(C)
    nor can they do any good.”(D)

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18 What use is a carved idol
after its craftsman carves it?
It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.
For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it
and makes idols that cannot speak.

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18 “Of what value(A) is an idol(B) carved by a craftsman?
    Or an image(C) that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
    he makes idols that cannot speak.(D)

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26 You both see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this man Paul has persuaded and misled a considerable number of people by saying that gods made by hand are not gods!(A)

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26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus(A) and in practically the whole province of Asia.(B) He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.(C)

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