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“Do not learn the ways of the nationsn
or be terrified by signso in the heavens,
though the nations are terrified by them.
they cut a tree out of the forest,
4 They adorn it with silverr and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.s
their idols cannot speak;t
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.u
Do not fear them;
they can do no harmv
nor can they do any good.”w
6 No one is like you,x Lord;
you are great,y
and your name is mighty in power.
7 Who should not fearz you,
King of the nations?a
This is your due.
Among all the wise leaders of the nations
and in all their kingdoms,
there is no one like you.
they are taught by worthless wooden idols.d
9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshishe
and gold from Uphaz.
What the craftsman and goldsmith have madef
is then dressed in blue and purple—
all made by skilled workers.
the nations cannot endure his wrath.k
he founded the world by his wisdomo
and stretched out the heavensp by his understanding.
13 When he thunders,q the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.t
every goldsmith is shamedu by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;v
they have no breath in them.
15 They are worthless,w the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
16 He who is the Portionx of Jacob is not like these,
for he is the Maker of all things,y
including Israel, the people of his inheritancez—
the Lord Almighty is his name.a
17 Gather up your belongingsb to leave the land,
you who live under siege.
“At this time I will hurlc out
those who live in this land;
I will bring distressd on them
so that they may be captured.”
My wounde is incurable!
Yet I said to myself,
“This is my sickness, and I must enduref it.”
20 My tentg is destroyed;
all its ropes are snapped.
My children are gone from me and are no more;h
no one is left now to pitch my tent
or to set up my shelter.
and do not inquire of the Lord;k
so they do not prosperl
and all their flock is scattered.m
a great commotion from the land of the north!n
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,o
a haunt of jackals.p
23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.q
not in your anger,r
or you will reduce me to nothing.s
25 Pour out your wrath on the nationst
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.u
For they have devouredv Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland.w
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