Isaiah 44:20
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New International Version
Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

New Living Translation
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can't help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, "Is this idol that I'm holding in my hand a lie?"

English Standard Version
He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

New American Standard Bible
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"

King James Bible
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He feeds on ashes. His deceived mind has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself, or say, "Isn't there a lie in my right hand?"

International Standard Version
He tends ashes. A deceived mind has lead him astray. It cannot be his life, nor can he say, "There's a lie in my right hand."

NET Bible
He feeds on ashes; his deceived mind misleads him. He cannot rescue himself, nor does he say, 'Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They eat ashes because they are deceived. Their own misguided minds lead them astray. They can't rescue themselves or ask themselves, "Isn't what I hold in my right hand a false god?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
He striveth after ashes, A deceived heart hath turned him aside, That he cannot deliver his soul, nor say: 'Is there not a lie in my right hand?'

New American Standard 1977
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The ashes feed him; his deceived heart inclines him, that he not deliver his soul and say, Is not the lie at my right hand?

King James 2000 Bible
He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

American King James Version
He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

American Standard Version
He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside; and he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Part thereof is ashes: his foolish heart adoreth it, and he will not save his soul, nor say: Perhaps there is a lie in my right hand.

Darby Bible Translation
He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

English Revised Version
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Webster's Bible Translation
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

World English Bible
He feeds on ashes. A deceived heart has turned him aside; and he can't deliver his soul, nor say, "Isn't there a lie in my right hand?"

Young's Literal Translation
Feeding on ashes, the heart is deceived, It hath turned him aside, And he delivereth not his soul, nor saith: 'Is there not a lie in my right hand?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
44:9-20 Image-making is described, to expose the folly of idolaters. Though a man had used part of a log for fuel, he fell down before an image made of the remainder, praying it to deliver him. Man greatly dishonours God, when he represents him after the image of man. Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers, causing absurd reasonings in matters of religion. Whether men seek happiness in worldly things, or run into unbelief, superstition, or any false system, they feed on ashes. A heart deceived by pride, love of sin, and departure from God, turns men aside from his holy truth and worship. While the affections are depraved, a man holds fast the lie as his best treasure. Are our hearts set upon the wealth of the world and its pleasures? They will certainly prove a lie. If we trust to outward professions and doings, as if those would save us, we deceive ourselves. Self-suspicion is the first step towards self-deliverance. He that would deliver his soul, must question his conscience, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
Study Bible
The Folly of Idolatry
19No one recalls, nor is there 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 I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!" 20He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?" 21"Remember these things, O Jacob, And Israel, for you are My servant; I have formed you, you are My servant, O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.…
Cross References
Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.

Romans 1:22
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:25
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen.

2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,

2 Timothy 3:13
while evil men and impostors go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Job 15:31
"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.

Psalm 102:9
For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping

Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

Psalm 144:8
Whose mouths speak deceit, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Psalm 144:11
Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, Whose mouth speaks deceit And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Treasury of Scripture

He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

feedeth

Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Psalm 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily …

Luke 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine …

a deceived

1 Kings 22:20-23 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and …

Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be …

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares to …

Romans 1:20-22,28 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are …

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they …

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a …

is there

Isaiah 28:15-17 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Habakkuk 2:18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

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