1Hear the wordwhich the LORDspeaks to you, O house of Israel.
2Thussays the LORD, "1Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavensAlthough the nations are terrified by them;
For the customs of the peoples are a2delusion; Because3it is woodcut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cuttingtool.
"They 4decorate it with silver and with gold; They 5fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.
"Like a scarecrow in a cucumberfield are they, And they 6cannotspeak; They must be 7carried, Because they cannotwalk! Do not fear them, For they 8can donoharm, Nor can they doanygood."
69There is nonelike You, O LORD; You are 10great, and great is Your name in might.
711Who would not fear You, O 12King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the 13wisemen of the nations And in all their kingdoms, There is nonelike You.
But they are altogether14stupid and foolish In their discipline of bdelusion -ctheir idol is wood!
9Beaten15silver is brought from 16Tarshish, And 17gold from Uphaz, The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith; Violet and purple are their clothing; They are all the 18work of skilledmen.
But the LORD is the 19trueGod; He is the 20livingGod and the 21everlastingKing. At His wrath the 22earthquakes, And the nationscannot23endure His indignation.
11dThus you shall say to them, "The 24gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will 25perish from the earth and from under the eheavens."
It is 26He who made the earth by His power, Who 27established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has 28stretched out the heavens.
When He utters His 29voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the 30clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makeslightning for the rain, And brings out the 31wind from His storehouses.
14Everyman is 32stupid, devoid of knowledge; Everygoldsmith is put to shame by his fidols; For his moltenimages are deceitful, And there is nobreath in them.
They are 33worthless, a work of mockery; In the 34time of their punishment they will perish.
The 35portion of Jacob is not like these; For the g36Maker of all is He, And 37Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The 38LORD of hosts is His name.
1739Pick up your bundle from the ground, You who dwell under siege!
For thussays the LORD, "Behold, I am 40slinging out the inhabitants of the land At thistime, And will cause them distress, That they may hbe found."
1941Woe is me, because of my iinjury! My 42wound is incurable. But I said, "Trulythis is a sickness, And I 43must bear it."
My 44tent is destroyed, And all my ropes are broken; My 45sons have gone from me and are nomore. There is 46noone to stretch out my tentagain Or to set up my curtains.
For the shepherds have becomestupid And 47have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And 48all their flock is scattered.
The sound of a 49report! Behold, it comes - A greatcommotion50out of the land of the north - To 51make the cities of Judah A desolation, a haunt of jackals.
I know, O LORD, that 52a man'sway is not in himself, 53Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
2454Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will jbring me to nothing.
2555Pour out Your wrath on the nations that 56do not know You And on the families that 57do not call Your name; For they have devouredJacob; They have 58devoured him and consumed him And have laidwaste his khabitation.