Holman Christian Standard Bible
Holman Christian Standard Bible
10 Who makes a god or casts a metal image
for no profit?(A)
11 Look, all its worshipers will be put to shame,
and the craftsmen are humans.
They all will assemble and stand;
they all will be startled and put to shame.
12 The ironworker labors over the coals,
shapes the idol with hammers,
and works it with his strong arm.
Also he grows hungry and his strength fails;
he doesn’t drink water and is faint.
13 The woodworker stretches out a measuring line,
he outlines it with a stylus;
he shapes it with chisels
and outlines it with a compass.
He makes it according to a human likeness,(B)
like a beautiful person,
to dwell in a temple.
14 He cuts down[a] cedars for his use,
or he takes a cypress or an oak.
He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest.
He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow.
15 It serves as fuel for man.
He takes some of it and warms himself;
also he kindles a fire and bakes bread;
he even makes it into a god and worships it;
he makes an idol from it and bows down to it.
16 He burns half of it in a fire,
and he roasts meat on that half.
He eats the roast and is satisfied.
He warms himself and says, “Ah!
I am warm, I see the blaze.”
17 He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it.
He bows down to it and worships;
He prays to it,(C) “Save me, for you are my god.”
18 Such people[b] do not comprehend
and cannot understand,
for He has shut their eyes[c] so they cannot see,
and their minds so they cannot understand.
19 No one reflects,
no one has the perception or insight to say,
“I burned half of it in the fire,
I also baked bread on its coals,
I roasted meat and ate.
I will make something detestable(D) with the rest of it,
and I will bow down to a block of wood.”
20 He feeds on[d] ashes.
His deceived mind has led him astray,
and he cannot deliver himself,
or say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”(E)
New International Version
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,(A)
which can profit nothing?(B)
11 People who do that will be put to shame;(C)
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.(D)
12 The blacksmith(E) takes a tool
and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers,
he forges it with the might of his arm.(F)
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
he drinks no water and grows faint.(G)
13 The carpenter(H) measures with a line
and makes an outline with a marker;
he roughs it out with chisels
and marks it with compasses.
He shapes it in human form,(I)
human form in all its glory,
that it may dwell in a shrine.(J)
14 He cut down cedars,
or perhaps took a cypress or oak.
He let it grow among the trees of the forest,
or planted a pine,(K) and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel(L) for burning;
some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships(M) it;
he makes an idol and bows(N) down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.(O)”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.(P)
He prays(Q) to it and says,
“Save(R) me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand(S) nothing;
their eyes(T) are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
no one has the knowledge or understanding(U) to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;(V)
I even baked bread over its coals,
I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable(W) thing from what is left?
Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”(X)
20 Such a person feeds on ashes;(Y) a deluded(Z) heart misleads him;
he cannot save himself, or say,
“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(AA)”