1 Hear ye the word which Jehovah spake to you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus said Jehovah, Ye shall not learn according to the way of the nations, and from the signs of the heavens ye shall not be terrified; for the nations will be terrified from them. 3 For the laws of the peoples, this vanity: for they cut down a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. 4 With gold and with silver they will beautify; with nails and with hammers they will make firm and it will not move. 5 They are of turned work, as the palm tree, and they shall not speak; being lifted up they shall be lifted up, for they shall not mount up. Ye shall not be afraid of them, for they will not do evil, and also doing good is not with them.
6 For none like thee, O Jehovah; thou art great, and great thy name in strength. 7 Who shall not fear thee, thou king of the nations? for to thee he shall come: for among all the wise of the nations, and among all their kings, from none like thee. 8 And in one they will become brutish, and they will be foolish: the tree itself a correction of vanities. 9 Silver beaten out shall be brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and the hands of the founder: cerulean purple and red purple their clothing: they all are the work of the wise. 10 And Jehovah the God of truth; he the living God, and king eternal: from his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not prevail over his anger.
11 Thus shall ye say to them, The gods who made not the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
12 He made the earth in his power, setting upright the habitable globe by his wisdom, and by his understanding he stretched out the heavens. 13 At the voice his giving a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he will bring the lifting up from the end of the earth; he made lightnings to the rain, and he will bring forth the wind from his treasures.
14 Every man was brutish from knowledge: every founder was ashamed from his carved image; for his molten image a falsehood, and no spirit in them. 15 They are vanity, the work of delusions: in the time of their reviewing they shall perish. 16 The portion of Jacob not as these: for he forming all things, and Israel the rod of his inheritance: Jehovah of armies his name.
18 For thus said Jehovah: Behold me slinging out those inhabiting the land at this once, and I pressed upon them so that they shall find.
19 Wo to me for my breaking! my blow was sickly; and I said, Surely this a sickness, and I will bear it. 20 My tent was laid waste, and all my cords were broken: my sons went forth from me, and they are not: none stretched forth my tent any more, and the place of my curtains. 21 For the shepherds were brutish, and they sought not Jehovah: for this they considered not, and all their flock was scattered. 22 Behold, a voice of tidings coming, and a great shaking from the land of the north, to set the cities of Judah a desolation, a dwelling of jackals.
23 I knew, O Jehovah, that not to man his way; not to man to go and set right his step. 24 Correct me, O Jehovah, but in judgment, not in thy wrath, lest thou shalt make me small. 25 Pour out thy wrath upon the nations which knew thee not, and upon the families that called not upon thy name: for they ate up Jacob and consumed him, and they will finish him, and they made desolate his dwelling.