18 (A)“What profit is an idol
    when its maker has shaped it,
    a metal image, (B)a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
    when he makes (C)speechless idols!
19 (D)Woe to him (E)who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
    to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
    and (F)there is no breath at all in it.

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They have mouths, (A)but do not speak;
    eyes, but do not see.

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(A)They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
    they set it in its place, and it stands there;
    (B)it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer
    or save him from his trouble.

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Their idols[a] are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
    and (A)they cannot speak;
(B)they have to be carried,
    for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
    (C)for they cannot do evil,
    neither is it in them to do good.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 10:5 Hebrew They

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