All the nations are as nothing before him; they are esteemed by him less than a cipher, and vanity. a18
To whom then will ye liken God? and what likeness will ye compare unto him?
The workman casteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains [for it].
He that is impoverished, so that he hath no offering, chooseth a tree that doth not rot; he seeketh unto him a skilled workman to prepare a graven image that shall not be moved.
-- Do ye not know? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood the foundation b of the earth?
[It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a gauze curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in;
that bringeth the princes to nothing, that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely are they sown, scarcely hath their stock taken root in the earth, but he also bloweth upon them and they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and see! Who hath created these things, bringing out their host by number? He calleth them all by name; through the greatness of his might and strength of power, not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and my right c is passed away from my God?