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I am the first and I am the last;
beside me there is no god.
25 To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal?
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
from:Brueggemann (2) page 27.
'…the poet of the exile provides the most extreme claim for the incomparability and singularity of Yahweh as creator. But Yahweh's work as creator is not a one-time deal. It is continuing work that entails Yahweh's endless, energetic attentiveness to creation. Yahweh is not worn out, not exhausted. Yahweh the creator God is directly attentive to the faint and powerless, those who have no energy of their own. In context, of course, it is precisely the exiles who are resourceless, faint, and powerless. It is precisely for them that Yahweh is decisive.'