Isaiah 45:9–13

“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker—

one clay pot among many.D

Does clay say to the one forming it,

‘What are you making?’n

Or does your work say,

‘He has no hands’?E

10 Woe to the one who says to his father,

‘What are you fathering?’

or to his mother,F

‘What are you giving birth to?’ ”

11 This is what the Lord,

the Holy One of Israelo and its Maker, says:

“Ask me what is to happen toG my sons,p

and instruct me about the work of my hands.q

12 I made the earth,

and created humans on it.

It was my hands that stretched out the heavens,r

and I commanded everything in them.

13 I have stirred him up in righteousness,s

and will level all roads for him.

He will rebuild my city,t

and set my exiles free,u

not for a price or a bribe,”

says the Lord of Armies.

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