A Satire on Idolatry1 Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord, a “Do not learn the way of the nations,
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them;
3 For the customs of the peoples are ▼
▼ Lit vanity, c delusion;
Because d it is wood cut from the forest,
The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
4 “They e decorate it with silver and with gold;
They f fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.
5 “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
And they g cannot speak;
They must be h carried,
Because they cannot walk!
Do not fear them,
For they i can do no harm,
Nor can they do any good.”
6 j There is none like You, O Lord;
You are k great, and great is Your name in might.
7 l Who would not fear You, O m King of the nations?
Indeed it is Your due!
For among all the n wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
8 But they are altogether o stupid and foolish
In their discipline of ▼
▼ Lit vanities, or idolsdelusion— ▼
▼ Lit it istheir idol is wood!
9 Beaten r silver is brought from s Tarshish,
And t gold from Uphaz,
The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith;
Violet and purple are their clothing;
They are all the u work of skilled men.
10 But the Lord is the v true God;
He is the w living God and the x everlasting King.
At His wrath the y earth quakes,
And the nations cannot z endure His indignation.
▼ This verse is in AramThus you shall say to them, “The ab gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will ac perish from the earth and from under the ▼
▼ Or these heavensheavens.” 12 It is ae He who made the earth by His power,
Who af established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has ag stretched out the heavens.
13 When He utters His ah voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the ai clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain,
And brings out the aj wind from His storehouses.
14 Every man is ak stupid, devoid of knowledge;
Every goldsmith is put to shame by his ▼
▼ Or graven imageidols;
For his molten images are deceitful,
And there is no breath in them.
15 They are am worthless, a work of mockery;
In the an time of their punishment they will perish.
16 The ao portion of Jacob is not like these;
For the ▼
▼ Lit Fashioner, aq Maker of all is He,
And ar Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
The as Lord of hosts is His name.
17 at Pick up your bundle from the ground,
You who dwell under siege!
18 For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am au slinging out the inhabitants of the land
At this time,
And will cause them distress,
That they may ▼
▼ Lit findbe found.”
19 aw Woe is me, because of my ▼
▼ Lit breakinginjury!
My ay wound is incurable.
But I said, “Truly this is a sickness,
And I az must bear it.”
20 My ba tent is destroyed,
And all my ropes are broken;
My bb sons have gone from me and are no more.
There is bc no one to stretch out my tent again
Or to set up my curtains.
21 For the shepherds have become stupid
And bd have not sought the Lord;
Therefore they have not prospered,
And be all their flock is scattered.
22 The sound of a bf report! Behold, it comes—
A great commotion bg out of the land of the north—
To bh make the cities of Judah
A desolation, a haunt of jackals.
23 I know, O Lord, that bi a man’s way is not in himself,
bj Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
24 bk Correct me, O Lord, but with justice;
Not with Your anger, or You will ▼
▼ Lit diminish mebring me to nothing.
25 bm Pour out Your wrath on the nations that bn do not know You
And on the families that bo do not call Your name;
For they have devoured Jacob;
They have bp devoured him and consumed him
And have laid waste his ▼
▼ Or pasturehabitation.
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