16 "See, it is I Who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I Who have created the destroyer to work havoc;
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from Me,"
declares the Lord.
16 I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer —
17 but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God's servants can expect.
I'll see to it that everything works out for the best."
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)