10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Learn not the way of the heathen,
And abe not dismayed at the signs of heaven;
For the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the †ccustoms of the people are vain:
For done cutteth a tree out of the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, ewith the axe.
4 fThey deck it with silver and with gold;
gThey fasten it with nails and with hammers, ghthat it move not.
5 They are iupright as kthe palm tree, lbut speak not:
mThey must needs be borne, because they cannot go.
Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil,
nNeither also is it in them to do good.
6 Forasmuch as there is onone like unto thee, O Lord;
oThou art great, and thy name is great in might.
7 pWho would not fear thee, qO King of nations? for ||to thee doth it appertain:
Forasmuch as among all rthe wise men of the nations, and sin all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
8 But they are †altogether tbrutish and ufoolish:
vThe stock is a doctrine of vanities.
9 Silver wspread into plates is brought from xTarshish,
And gold from yUphaz, the work of wthe workman, and of the hands of wthe founder:
zBlue and apurple is their clothing:
bThey are all the work of cunning men.
10 But the Lord is the †true God,
He is cthe living God, and an †everlasting king:
At his wrath the earth shall tremble,
And the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
11 †Thus shall ye say unto them, dThe gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even ethey shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
12 fgHe hath made the earth by his power,
hHe hath established the world by his wisdom,
And ihath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 iiWhen he kuttereth his voice, there is a ||multitude of waters in the heavens,
And kkhe causeth lthe vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth;
llHe maketh lightnings ||with rain,
And kkbringeth forth the wind out of mhis treasures.
14 Every man n||is brutish in his knowledge:
Every founder ois confounded by the graven image:
For his molten image pis falsehood, and qthere is no breath in them.
15 rThey are vanity, and the work of errors:
In the time of stheir visitation ethey shall perish.
16 tThe portion of Jacob is not like them:
For he is the former of all things;
And uIsrael is the rod of his inheritance:
vThe Lord of hosts is his name.
17 wGather up thy wares out of the land,
O †inhabitant of xthe fortress.
Behold, yI will sling out the inhabitants of the land yyat this once,
And will zdistress them, athat they may find it so.
19 bWoe is me for my hurt! cmy wound is grievous:
dBut I said, Truly this is a grief, and eI must bear it.
20 fMy tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken:
My children are gone forth of me, and ffthey are not:
There is none to stretch forth my tent any more,
And to set up fmy curtains.
21 For gthe pastors hare become brutish,
And have not sought the Lord:
Therefore they shall not iprosper,
And all their flocks shall be scattered.
22 Behold, the noise of the kbruit is come,
And a great commotion out of lthe north country,
To make the mcities of Judah desolate,
And ma den of dragons.
23 O Lord, I know that nthe way of man is not in himself:
It is not in man that walketh oto direct his steps.
24 O Lord, pcorrect me, but with judgment;
Not in thine anger, lest thou †bring me to nothing.
25 qPour out thy fury upon the heathen rthat know thee not,
And upon the families that call not on thy name:
For they have seaten up Jacob, and sdevoured him, and consumed him,
And have made his thabitation desolate.
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