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1Hear the word that Yahweh speaks to you, house of Israel!
  2This is what Yahweh says:

 “Do not learn the way of the nations,

 and do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven;

 for the nations are dismayed at them.


 3 For the customs of the peoples are vanity;

 for one cuts a tree out of the forest,

 the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.


 4 They deck it with silver and with gold;

 they fasten it with nails and with hammers,

 that it not move.


 5 They are like a palm tree of turned work,

 and do not speak:

 they must be carried, because they cannot go.

 Do not be afraid of them;

 for they cannot do evil,

 neither is it in them to do good.”


There is none like you, Yahweh;

 you are great,

 and your name is great in might.


 7 Who should not fear you,

 King of the nations?

 For this is your due!

 For among all the wise men of the nations

 and in all their kingdoms,

 there is none like you.


 8 But one and all they are stupid and foolish;

 the instruction of worthless idols

 they are just wood!


 9 There is silver beaten into plates that is brought from Tarshish,

 and gold from Uphaz,

 the work of the artificer

 and of the hands of the goldsmith;

 blue and purple for their clothing,

 they are all the work of skillful men.


 10 But Yahweh is the true God;

 he is the living God, and an everlasting King:

 at his wrath the earth trembles,

 and the nations are not able to withstand his indignation.


11You are to say this to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, these will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”

 12 He has made the earth by his power,

 he has established the world by his wisdom,

 and by his understanding has he stretched out the heavens;


 13 when he utters his voice,

 there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,

 and he causes the vapors to ascend

 from the ends of the earth;

 he makes lightnings for the rain

 and brings forth the wind out of his treasuries.


Every man has become stupid and without knowledge;

 every goldsmith is put to shame by his carved image,

 for his cast metal image is a lie,

 and there is no breath in them.


 15 They are vanity, a work of delusion;

 in the time of their visitation

 they will perish.


 16 The portion of Jacob is not like these,

 for he is the former of all things,

 and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance:

 Yahweh of Armies is his name.


Gather up your wares out of the land,

 you who live under siege.


18For this is what Yahweh says:

 “Behold, I will sling out

 the inhabitants of the land at this time,

 and will distress them,

 that they may feel it.”


Woe is me because of my hurt!

 My wound is grievous,

 but I said, “Truly this is my grief,

 and I must bear it.”


 20 My tent is destroyed

 and all my tent cords are broken;

 my children have gone from me,

 and they are no more;

 there is no one to spread out my tent any more,

 and to set up my curtains.


 21 For the shepherds have become stupid

 and have not inquired of Yahweh,

 so they have not prospered,

 and all their flocks are scattered.


 22 The voice of news, behold, it comes,

 and a great commotion out of the north country

 to make the cities of Judah a desolation,

 a dwelling place of jackals.


Yahweh, I know

 that the way of man is not in himself;

 it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.


 24 Yahweh, correct me, but in measure;

 not in your anger,

 lest you bring me to nothing.


 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations

 that do not know you

 and on the families

 that do not call on your name,

 for they have devoured Jacob,

 yes, they have devoured him and consumed him

 and have laid waste his habitation.


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