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10 You do bad things but still feel safe.[a]
    You say to yourself, ‘No one sees the wrong I do.’
You thought that your wisdom and knowledge would save you.
    You tell yourself, ‘I alone am important,
    and no one else matters.’

11 “But disaster is coming your way.
    You don’t know when it will happen, but disaster is coming.
    And there is nothing you can do to stop it.
12 You worked hard all your life
    learning magic and spells.
So start using that magic.
    Maybe those spells will help you.
    Maybe you will be able to frighten someone.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 47:10 You … safe Or “You put your trust in your evil.”

10 You have trusted(A) in your wickedness
    and have said, ‘No one sees me.’(B)
Your wisdom(C) and knowledge mislead(D) you
    when you say to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11 Disaster(E) will come upon you,
    and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
    that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
    will suddenly(F) come upon you.

12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
    and with your many sorceries,(G)
    which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
    perhaps you will cause terror.

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