Those who fashionaa gravenimage are all of them futile, and their preciousthings are of noprofit; even their own witnessesfail to see or know, so that they will be 1put to shame.
10Who has fashioned a god or castban idol to 2noprofit?
11Behold, all his companions will be 3put to shame, for the craftsmenthemselves are meremen. Let them allassemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.
The 4man shapesiron into a cuttingtool and does his work over the coals, cfashioning it with hammers and working it with his strongarm. He alsogetshungry and dhis strengthfails; he drinksnowater and becomesweary.
135Another shapeswood, he extends a measuringline; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of 6man, so that it may sit in a 7house.
Surely he cutscedars for himself, and takes a ecypress or an oak and fraises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rainmakes it grow.
Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he alsomakes a fire to bakebread. He also8makes a god and worships it; he makes it a gravenimage and 9fallsdown before it.
16Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eatsmeat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He alsowarms himself and says, "Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire."
But the rest of it he 10makes into a god, his gravenimage. He fallsdown before it and worships; he also 11prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god."
They do not 12know, nor do they understand, for He has 13smearedover their eyesso that they cannotsee and their heartsso that they cannotcomprehend.
19No one grecalls , nor is there 14knowledge or understanding to say, "I have burnedhalf of it in the fire and also have bakedbreadover its coals. I roastmeat and eat it. Then hI make the rest of it into an 15abomination, iI falldown before a block of wood!"
He j16feeds on ashes; a 17deceivedheart has turned him aside. And he cannotdeliverkhimself, norsay, "18Is there not a lie in my righthand?"