They that form a graven image are all of them vanity, a and their delectable things are of no profit; and they are their own witnesses: they see not, nor know; b -- that they may be ashamed.
Who hath formed a ·god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed; and the workmen are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand up: they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together.
The iron-smith [hath] a chisel, c and he worketh in the coals, and he fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with his strong arm; -- but he is hungry, and his strength faileth; he hath not drunk water, and he is faint.
The worker in wood stretcheth out a line; he marketh it out with red chalk; d he formeth it with sharp tools, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, e according to the beauty of man: f that it may remain in the house.
When he heweth him down cedars, he taketh also a holm-oak and a terebinth g -- he chooseth for himself h among the trees of the forest: he planteth a pine, i and the rain maketh [it] grow.
And it shall be for a man to burn, and he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself; he kindleth it also, and baketh bread; he maketh also a ·god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh, he roasteth roast, and is satisfied; yea, he is warm, and saith, Aha, I am become warm, I have seen the fire. j17
And with the remainder thereof he maketh a ·god, his graven image; he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me, for thou art my ·god.
They have no knowledge, and understand not; for he hath plastered their eyes, that they may not see; and their hearts, that they may not understand.
And none taketh it to heart, k neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire, and have also baked bread upon the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh, and eaten [it], and with the rest thereof shall I make an abomination? shall I bow down to a block of wood?
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?