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American Idol, blowing in the wind

If only it were of stone or wood to convict the deliberately confused.

Isaiah 41:6-7 (NLT)
6 The idol makers encourage one another, saying to each other, "Be strong!"
7 The carver encourages the goldsmith, and the molder helps at the anvil. "Good," they say. "Itís coming along fine." Carefully they join the parts together, then fasten the thing in place so it wonít fall over.
Isaiah 41:6-7 (KJV)
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.  

Isaiah 44:20 (NLT)
20 The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that canít help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, "Is this idol that Iím holding in my hand a lie?"
Isaiah 44:20 (KJV)
20 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?  

Isaiah 44:19 (NLT)
19 The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, "Why, itís just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?"
Isaiah 44:19 (KJV)
19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?

Isaiah 44:15 (NLT)
15 Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Thenóyes, itís trueóhe takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it!
Isaiah 44:15 (KJV)
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.