18 They do not (A)know, nor do they understand, for He has (B)smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one [a]recalls, nor is there (C)knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then [b]I make the rest of it into an (D)abomination, [c]I fall down before a block of wood!”

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  1. Isaiah 44:19 Lit returns to his heart
  2. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I make?
  3. Isaiah 44:19 Or shall I fall...?

Therefore I declared them to you long ago,
Before [a]they took place I proclaimed them to you,
So that you would not say, ‘My (A)idol has done them,
And my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.’
“You have heard; look at all this.
And you, will you not declare it?
I proclaim to you (B)new things from this time,
Even hidden things which you have not known.
“They are created now and not long ago;
And before today you have not heard them,
So that you will not say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’

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  1. Isaiah 48:5 Lit it

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