Living God or human handiwork
1Listen to the word that the Lord has spoken to you, people of Israel!
2The Lord proclaims:
Don’t follow the ways of the nations
or be troubled by signs in the sky,
even though the nations are troubled by them.
3The rituals of the nations are hollow:
a tree from the forest is chopped down
and shaped by the craftsman’s tools.
4It’s overlaid with silver and gold,
and fastened securely with hammer and nails
so it won’t fall over.
5They are no different than a scarecrow
in a cucumber patch:
they can’t speak;
they must be carried
because they can’t walk.
Don’t be afraid of them,
because they can’t do harm or good.
6Lord, no one is like you!
You are great,
and great is your mighty name.
7Who wouldn’t fear you,
king of the nations?
That is your due;
among all the wise of the nations
and in all their countries,
there is no one like you!
8But they are both foolish and silly;
they offer nothing
because they are mere wood.
9Covered with silver from Tarshish
and gold from Uphaz,
they are the work of a craftsman
and the hands of a goldsmith.
Clothed in blue and purple,
all of them nothing more than the work of artisans.
10But the Lord is the true God!
He’s the living God and the everlasting king!
When he’s angry, the earth quakes;
the nations can’t endure his rage.
11Tell them this: The gods who didn’t make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.#10:11 is written in Aramaic.
12But God made the earth by his might;
he shaped the world by his wisdom,
crafted the skies by his knowledge.
13At the sound of his voice,
the heavenly waters roar.
He raises the clouds from the ends of the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain,
the wind from his treasuries.
14Everyone is too foolish to understand;
every goldsmith is dishonored by his idols,
for their images are shams;
they aren’t alive.
15They are a delusion, a charade;
at the appointed time they will vanish!
16Jacob’s portion is utterly different
because God has formed all things,
including Israel, his very own people—
the Lord of heavenly forces is his name!
Get ready for exile!
17Pack your bags and get ready to leave,
you who live under siege.#Heb uncertain
18The Lord proclaims:
I’m going to eject those who live in the land at this time;
I will badger them until they leave.#Or find it
19How terrible for me, due to my injury;
my wound is terrible.
Yet I said to myself:
This is my sickness,
and I must bear it.
20But now my tent is destroyed;
all its ropes are cut,
and my children are gone for good.
There’s no one left to set up my tent frame
and to attach the fabric.
21The shepherd kings have lost their senses
and don’t seek answers from the Lord.
That is why they have failed
and their flock is scattered.
22Listen! The sound is getting louder,
a mighty uproar from the land of the north;
it will reduce the towns of Judah to ruins,
a den for wild dogs.
23I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own,
that we’re not able to direct our paths.
24So correct me, Lord, but with justice,
not in your anger,
or else you will reduce me to nothing.
25Pour out your wrath on the nations
that ignore you
and on the people
who don’t call on you,
since they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and ruined his country.