Idols and the True God
1Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2Thus says the Lord:
#(Lev. 18:3; 20:23; Deut. 12:30)“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3For the customs of the peoples are futile;
For #Is. 40:19; 45:20one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4They decorate it with silver and gold;
They #Is. 41:7fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.
5They are upright, like a palm tree,
And #Ps. 115:5; Is. 46:7; Jer. 10:5; 1 Cor. 12:2they cannot speak;
They must be #Ps. 115:7; Is. 46:1, 7carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For #Is. 41:23, 24they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”
6Inasmuch as there is none #Ex. 15:11; Deut. 33:26; Ps. 86:8, 10; Is. 46:5–9; Jer. 10:16like You, O Lord
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
7#Jer. 5:22; Rev. 15:4Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due.
For #Ps. 89:6among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
8But they are altogether #Ps. 115:8; Hab. 2:18dull-hearted and foolish;
A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.
9Silver is beaten into plates;
It is brought from Tarshish,
And #Dan. 10:5gold from Uphaz,
The work of the craftsman
And of the hands of the metalsmith;
Blue and purple are their clothing;
They are all #Ps. 115:4the work of skillful men.
10But the Lord is the true God;
He is #1 Tim. 6:17the living God and the #Ps. 10:16everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
11Thus you shall say to them: #Ps. 96:5“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth #Is. 2:18; Zeph. 2:11shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
12He #Gen. 1:1, 6, 7; Jer. 51:15has made the earth by His power,
He has #Ps. 93:1established the world by His wisdom,
And #Job 9:8; Ps. 104:2; Is. 40:22has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
13#Job 38:34When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
#Ps. 135:7“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
14#Jer. 51:17Everyone is #Prov. 30:2dull-hearted, without knowledge;
#Is. 42:17; 44:11Every metalsmith is put to shame by an image;
#Hab. 2:18For his molded image is falsehood,
And there is no breath in them.
15They are futile, a work of errors;
In the time of their punishment they shall perish.
16#Ps. 16:5; Jer. 51:19; Lam. 3:24The Portion of Jacob is not like them,
For He is the Maker of all things,
And #Deut. 32:9; Ps. 74:2Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
#Is. 47:4The Lord of hosts is His name.
The Coming Captivity of Judah
17#Jer. 6:1Gather up your wares from the land,
O inhabitant of the fortress!
18For thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will #1 Sam. 25:29; 2 Chr. 36:20throw out at this time
The inhabitants of the land,
And will distress them,
#Ezek. 6:10That they may find it so.”
19#Jer. 8:21Woe is me for my hurt!
My wound is severe.
But I say, #Ps. 77:10“Truly this is an infirmity,
And #Mic. 7:9I must bear it.”
20#Jer. 4:20; Lam. 2:4My tent is plundered,
And all my cords are broken;
My children have gone from me,
And they are #Jer. 31:15; Lam. 1:5no more.
There is no one to pitch my tent anymore,
Or set up my curtains.
21For the shepherds have become dull-hearted,
And have not sought the Lord;
Therefore they shall not prosper,
And all their flocks shall be #Jer. 23:2scattered.
22Behold, the noise of the report has come,
And a great commotion out of the #Jer. 5:15north country,
To make the cities of Judah desolate, a #Jer. 9:11den of jackals.
23O Lord, I know the #Prov. 16:1; 20:24way of man is not in himself;
It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
24O Lord, #Ps. 6:1; 38:1; Jer. 30:11correct me, but with justice;
Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.
25#Ps. 79:6, 7; Zeph. 3:8Pour out Your fury on the Gentiles, #Job 18:21; 1 Thess. 4:5; (2 Thess. 1:8)who do not know You,
And on the families who do not call on Your name;
For they have eaten up Jacob,
#Jer. 8:16Devoured him and consumed him,
And made his dwelling place desolate.