A Warning against Vain Idols1 Hear the word of the lord! which he spoke to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the lord, [3according to 4the 5ways 6of the 7nations 1Do not 2learn]! And from the signs of the heaven do not fear! for [2are fearing 3them 1nations]. 3 For the laws of the nations are vain. An idol is a tree [2from out of 3the 4forest 1being cut], the work of a fabricator, even a molten casting. 4 [3in silver 4and 5gold 2being bedecked 1It is]. By a hammer and nail they stiffen them, 5 and they do not move. [2a silver 3turned piece 1It is] -- they do not speak. Being lifted they shall be lifted, for they shall not mount themselves. You should not fear them, for in no way should they do evil, and [2good 1there is no] in them. 6 There is not one likened to you, O lord. Great are you, and great is your name in strength. 7 Who shall not fear you, O king of nations? For to you it is becoming. For among all the wise of the nations, and among all their kingdoms, there is not one likened to you. 8 At the same time [2foolish 3and 4unthinking 1they are]. [4a teacher 5of vanities 1Their 2tree 3is]. 9 [2silver 1Amalgamated] from Tarshish; [2shall come 1gold] from Uphaz; and by the hand of goldsmiths [2works 3of craftsmen 1they are all]. [3blue 4and 5purple 1They shall put on 2them]. 11 Thus you shall say to them, The gods who [3the 4heaven 5and 6the 7earth 1did not 2make] let them be destroyed from the earth, and from beneath this heaven! 12 The lord is the one making the earth by his strength; erecting the world by his wisdom; and by his intellect he stretched out the heaven, 13 and the multitude of water in the heaven; and he led clouds from the end of the earth; [2lightnings 3for 4the rain 1he made], and he brought out winds from his treasuries. 14 [3was made moronish 1Every 2man] from knowledge; [3was disgraced 1every 2goldsmith] over his carved idols; for [2false 1they cast] in a furnace; there is no breath in them. 15 They are vanities, [2works 1mocking]. In the time of their visitation they shall be destroyed. 16 [2is not 1Such] the portion of Jacob, for the one shaping all things is he, and Israel is the rod of his inheritance -- the lord of forces is his name.
The Coming Destruction17 He gathered [2from outside 1his support] dwelling in choice vessels. 18 For thus says the lord, Behold, I trip up the ones dwelling this land. And I will squeeze them out so that it should be found. 19 Woe over your destruction, [2is painful 1your wound]. And I said, Really this is my wound, and it overtook me. 20 My tent is in miserable condition, it was destroyed; and all of my hide coverings were pulled apart. My sons and my sheep are no more; there is no more place for my tent, nor a place for my hide coverings. 21 For the shepherds were unwise, and [3the lord 1they do not 2seek]. On account of this [4comprehended not 1all 2the 3sheep of the pasture], and are dispersed. 22 [3a sound 4of a report 1Behold 2there comes], and [2quake 1a great] from out of the land of the north, to order the cities of Judah for extinction, and a bed for ostriches. 23 I know, O lord, that [4is not 3of man 1the 2way] his own; nor shall a man go and keep [2straight 1his goings]. 24 Correct us, O lord, only with equity, and not in rage! that [2not 4us few 1you should 3make]. 25 Pour out your rage upon the nations! the ones not knowing you; and upon kingdoms which [2your name 1called not upon]. For they devoured Jacob, and completely consumed Israel, and [2his pasture 1made desolate].
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