A Satire on Idolatry

1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2 Thus says the LORD, "1Do 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 2delusion; Because 3it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
4 "They 4decorate it with silver and with gold; They 5fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.
5 "Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they 6cannot speak; They must be 7carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they 8can do no harm, Nor * can they do any good."
6 9There is none like You, O LORD; You are 10great, and great is Your name in might.
7 11Who would not fear You, O 12King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the 13wise men of the nations And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.
8 But they are altogether 14stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion -their idol is wood!
9 Beaten 15silver 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 skilled men.
10 But the LORD is the 19true God; He is the 20living God and the 21everlasting King. At His wrath the 22earth quakes, And the nations cannot 23endure His indignation.
11 Thus 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 heavens."
12 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.
13 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 makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the 31wind from His storehouses.
14 Every man is 32stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them.
15 They are 33worthless, a work of mockery; In the 34time of their punishment they will perish.
16 The 35portion of Jacob is not like these; For the 36Maker of all is He, And 37Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The 38LORD of hosts is His name.
17 39Pick up your bundle from the ground, You who dwell under siege!
18 For thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am 40slinging out the inhabitants of the land At this time, And will cause them distress, That they may be found."
19 41Woe is me, because of my injury! My 42wound is incurable. But I said, "Truly this is a sickness, And I 43must bear it."
20 My 44tent is destroyed, And all my ropes are broken; My 45sons have gone from me and are no more. There is 46no one to stretch out my tent again Or to set up my curtains.
21 For the shepherds have become stupid And 47have not sought the LORD; Therefore * they have not prospered, And 48all their flock is scattered.
22 The sound of a 49report! Behold, it comes - A great commotion 50out of the land of the north - To 51make the cities of Judah A desolation, a haunt of jackals.
23 I know, O LORD, that 52a man's way is not in himself, 53Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
24 54Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.
25 55Pour out Your wrath on the nations that 56do not know You And on the families that 57do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have 58devoured him and consumed him And have laid waste his habitation.