Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are
vain: for one
cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it
in them to do good.
Forasmuch as there is
none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art
great, and thy name is
great in might.
Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men
of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is
none like unto thee.
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is
a doctrine of vanities.
Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is
their clothing: they are
all the work of cunning men