“Do not learn the way of the nations,+
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Because the nations are terrified by them.+
It is just a tree of the forest that is cut down,
And fasten it with hammer and nails so that it will not fall over.+
They have to be carried, for they cannot walk.+
Do not fear them, for they can do no harm,
Nor can they do any good.”+
You are great, and your name is great and mighty.
Because among all the wise ones of the nations and among all their kingdoms,
There is no one at all like you.+
The work of a craftsman, of the hands of a metalworker.
Their clothing is blue thread and purple wool.
They are all made by skilled workers.
10 But Jehovah is truly God.
Because of his indignation the earth will quake,+
And no nations will endure his denunciation.
“The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth
Will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”+
12 He is the Maker of the earth by his power,
The One who established the productive land by his wisdom+
And who stretched out the heavens by his understanding.+
13 When he makes his voice heard,
The waters in the heavens are in turmoil,+
14 Every man acts unreasonably and without knowledge.
Every metalworker will be put to shame because of the carved image;+
For his metal image* is a falsehood,
When their day of reckoning comes, they will perish.
16 The Share of Jacob is not like these things,
For he is the One who formed everything,
And Israel is the staff of his inheritance.+
Jehovah of armies is his name.+
17 Gather up your bundle from the ground,
O woman dwelling under siege.
18 For this is what Jehovah says:
And I will cause them to experience distress.”
My wound is incurable.
And I said: “Surely this is my sickness, and I must bear it.
My sons have left me and are no more.+
There is no one left to stretch out my tent or raise up my tent cloths.
That is why they have not acted with insight,
And all their flocks have been scattered.”+
22 Listen! A report! It is coming!
A great pounding from the land of the north,+
To make the cities of Judah desolate, a lair of jackals.+
23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him.
It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.+
24 Correct me, O Jehovah, with judgment,
And on the families who do not call on your name.