“Do not act like the other nations,
who try to read their future in the stars.
Do not be afraid of their predictions,
even though other nations are terrified by them.
They cut down a tree, and a craftsman carves an idol.
and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails
so it won’t fall over.
helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field!
They cannot speak,
and they need to be carried because they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of such gods,
for they can neither harm you nor do you any good.”
For you are great, and your name is full of power.
That title belongs to you alone!
Among all the wise people of the earth
and in all the kingdoms of the world,
there is no one like you.
The things they worship are made of wood!
and gold from Uphaz,
and they give these materials to skillful craftsmen
who make their idols.
Then they dress these gods in royal blue and purple robes
made by expert tailors.
He is the living God and the everlasting King!
The whole earth trembles at his anger.
The nations cannot stand up to his wrath.
11 Say this to those who worship other gods: “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth and from under the heavens.”*
and he preserves it by his wisdom.
With his own understanding
he stretched out the heavens.
the heavens roar with rain.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from his storehouses.
The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,
for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.
These idols have no breath or power.
On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed.
16 But the God of Israel* is no idol!
He is the Creator of everything that exists,
including Israel, his own special possession.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
17 Pack your bags and prepare to leave;
the siege is about to begin.
“Suddenly, I will fling out
all you who live in this land.
I will pour great troubles upon you,
and at last you will feel my anger.”
and my grief is great.
My sickness is incurable,
but I must bear it.
and no one is left to help me rebuild it.
My children have been taken away,
and I will never see them again.
They no longer seek wisdom from the Lord.
Therefore, they fail completely,
and their flocks are scattered.
as they roll down from the north.
The towns of Judah will be destroyed
and become a haunt for jackals.
23 I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own.
We are not able to plan our own course.
Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.
on the peoples that do not call upon your name.
For they have devoured your people Israel* ;
they have devoured and consumed them,
making the land a desolate wilderness.