|1||Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:|
|2||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.|
|3||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.|
|4||They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.|
|5||They are 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.|
|6||Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.|
|7||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.||King of nations|
|8||But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.|
|9||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.|
|10||But the LORD is the true God, he is the 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, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.||The gods|
|12||He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.||stretched out the heavens|
|13||When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.||waters in the heavens|
|14||Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.|
|15||They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.|
The portion of
Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all
things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD
of hosts is his name.
|former of all things|
|17||Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.|
For thus saith the LORD, Behold,
I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will
distress them, that they may find it so.
|19||Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.|
|20||My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.|
|21||For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.|
Behold, the noise of the bruit
is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the
cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
|den of dragons|
|23||O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.||man that walketh|
|24||O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.|
Pour out thy fury upon the
heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy
name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him,
and have made his habitation desolate.
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