Isaiah 29:16

“Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Surely your turning of things vpside downe shall be esteemed as the potters clay: for shall the worke say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed, say of him that framed it, He had no vnderstanding?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You turn {things} around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye turn things upside down! Shall the potter be esteemed as clay; that the thing made should say of him that made it, He made me not; or the thing formed say of him that formed it, He hath no understanding?
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not: or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge?
- Basic English Bible

[Oh] your perverseness! -- Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay, so that the work should say of him that made it, He made me not; or the thing formed say of him that formed it, He hath no understanding?
- Darby Bible

Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
- Webster's Bible

You turn things upside down! Should the potter be thought to be like clay; that the thing made should say about him who made it, "He didn't make me;" or the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding?"
- World English Bible

Your perversion! as clay is the potter esteemed? That the work saith of its maker, `He hath not made me?' And the framed thing said of its framer, `He did not understand?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

O your perversity! Shall the potter be esteemed as clay; that the thing made should say of him that made it: 'He made me not'; or the thing framed say of him that framed it: 'He hath no understanding?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 29:16


29:16 Surely - All your subtle devices, by which you turn yourselves into all shapes. As clay - It is no more to me, than the clay is to the potter, who can alter and dispose it as he sees fit.


Discussion for Isaiah 29:16

  • The Manifester for verse 16
    I will not deny that though you are perverse I God allowed according to the potential of the will such possible actions. Nor do I deny that I created potential for such a perverse mind to evolve. MIV

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