9 fThose who make an image, all of them are useless,
And their precious things shall not profit;
They are their own witnesses;
gThey neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.
hThat profits him nothing?
11 Surely all his companions would be iashamed;
And the workmen, they are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together,
Let them stand up;
Yet they shall fear,
They shall be ashamed together.
12 jThe blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals,
Fashions it with hammers,
And works it with the strength of his arms.
Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails;
He drinks no water and is faint.
He marks one out with chalk;
He fashions it with a plane,
He marks it out with the compass,
And makes it like the figure of a man,
According to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in the house.
And takes the cypress and the oak;
He 1secures it for himself among the trees of the forest.
He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it.
For he will take some of it and warm himself;
Yes, he kindles it and bakes bread;
Indeed he makes a god and worships it;
He makes it a carved image, and falls down to it.
With this half he eats meat;
He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
He even warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm,
I have seen the fire.”
His carved image.
He falls down before it and worships it,
Prays to it and says,
“Deliver me, for you are my god!”
18 kThey do not know nor understand;
And their hearts, so that they cannot munderstand.
19 And no one nconsiders in his heart,
Nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
“I have burned half of it in the fire,
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals;
I have roasted meat and eaten it;
And shall I make the rest of it an abomination?
Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”
oA deceived heart has turned him aside;
And he cannot deliver his soul,
Nor say, “Is there not a plie in my right hand?”
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