19 As for the [a](A)idol, a craftsman casts it,
A goldsmith (B)plates it with gold,
And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.

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  1. Isaiah 40:19 Or graven image

So the (A)craftsman encourages the (B)smelter,
And he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil,
Saying of the soldering, “It is good”;
And he fastens it with nails,
(C)So that it will not totter.

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12 The (A)man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, [a]fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and [b]his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13 (B)Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of (C)man, so that it may sit in a (D)house. 14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a [c]cypress or an oak and [d]raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. 15 Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also (E)makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and (F)falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” 17 But the rest of it he (G)makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also (H)prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

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  1. Isaiah 44:12 Lit and fashions
  2. Isaiah 44:12 Lit there is no strength
  3. Isaiah 44:14 Or holm-oak
  4. Isaiah 44:14 Lit makes strong

“They (A)decorate it with silver and with gold;
They (B)fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.

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