and what they treasure benefits no one.
Their witnesses do not see or know anything,
so they will be put to shame.x
that benefits no one?y
and the craftsmen are humans.
They all will assemble and stand;
they all will be startled and put to shame.
shapes the idol with hammers,
and works it with his strong arm.
Also he grows hungry and his strength fails;
he doesn’t drink water and is faint.
he outlines it with a stylus;
he shapes it with chisels
and outlines it with a compass.
He makes it according to a human form,a
like a beautiful person,
to dwell in a temple.
14 He cuts downA cedars for his use,
or he takes a cypress or an oak.
He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest.
He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow.
He takes some of it and warms himself;
also he kindles a fire and bakes bread;
he even makes it into a god and worships it;
he makes an idol from it and bows down to it.
and he roasts meat on that half.
He eats the roast and is satisfied.
He warms himself and says, “Ah!
I am warm, I see the blaze.”
He bows down to it and worships;
he prays to it,b “Save me, for you are my god.”
18 Such peopleB do not comprehend
and cannot understand,
for he has shut their eyesC so they cannot see,
and their minds so they cannot understand.
19 No one comes to his senses;D
no one has the perception or insight to say,
“I burned half of it in the fire,
I also baked bread on its coals,
I roasted meat and ate.
Should I make something detestablec with the rest of it?
Should I bow down to a block of wood?”
20 He feeds onE ashes.
His deceived mind has led him astray,
and he cannot rescue himself,
or say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”d
Lit To cut down for himself
Or for their eyes are shut
Lit No one returns to his heart
Or He shepherds