5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;l
apart from me there is no God.m
I will strengthen you,n
though you have not acknowledged me,
to the place of its settingo
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,r
I bring prosperity and create disaster;s
I, the Lord, do all these things.
let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
let salvationv spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
I, the Lord, have created it.
those who are nothing but potsherdsy
among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,z
‘What are you making?’a
Does your work say,
‘The potter has no hands’?b
‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
‘What have you brought to birth?’
Concerning things to come,
do you question me about my children,
or give me orders about the work of my hands?e
12 It is I who made the earthf
and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;g
I marshaled their starry hosts.h
I will make all his ways straight.j
He will rebuild my cityk
and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,l
says the Lord Almighty.”