10 ·Family [L House] of Israel, ·listen to what [L hear the word that] the Lord says to you. 2 This is what he says:
“Don’t ·live like the people from [L learn the way/path of] other nations, and don’t be ·afraid of [terrified by] special signs in the ·sky [heavens; C astrology], even though the other nations are ·afraid [terrified] of them. 3 The ·customs [statutes; ordinances; requirements] of other people are ·worth nothing [meaningless; useless; L a breath]. ·Their idols are just wood cut from the forest [L A tree from the forest is cut down], shaped by a ·worker [craftsman] with his ·chisel [or ax; or adze; or blade]. 4 They decorate their idols with silver and gold. With hammers and nails they fasten them down so they ·won’t fall over [can’t move]. 5 Their idols are like scarecrows in ·melon [or cucumber] fields; they cannot talk. Since they cannot walk, they must be carried. Do not be afraid of those idols, because they can’t hurt you, and they ·can’t help you either [have no power to do good; Is. 40:18–20; 41:7, 29; 44:6–23; 46:5–7].”
6 Lord, there is no one like you. You are great, and your name is great and powerful. 7 ·Everyone should respect [L Who does not fear…?] you, King of the nations; ·you deserve respect [for it is your due]. Of all the wise people among the nations and in all the kingdoms, ·none of them is as wise as you [L there is none like you]. 8 Those wise people are stupid and foolish. Their ·teachings [instructions] come from ·worthless [meaningless; useless] ·wooden idols [L pieces of wood]. 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish [C Tarshish may have been in Spain (Tartessus) or an island in the eastern Mediterranean; Jonah 1:3] and gold from Uphaz [C high quality], so the idols are made by craftsmen and ·goldsmiths [smelters]. They put blue and purple clothes on the idols. All these things are made by skilled workers. 10 But the Lord is the only true God. He is the only living God, the King forever. The earth ·shakes [trembles] when he is angry, and the nations cannot ·stand up to [endure] his anger.
11 “Tell them this message: ‘These gods did not make heaven and earth; they will ·be destroyed and disappear [perish] from heaven and earth [C this verse is in Aramaic, indicating it was a well known saying].’”
12 God made the earth by his power. He used his wisdom to ·build [L establish] the world and his understanding to stretch out the ·skies [heavens]. 13 When he ·thunders [L gives forth his voice], the waters in the ·skies [heavens] ·roar [are in tumult]. He makes ·clouds [or mist] rise ·in the sky all over the earth [L from the ends of the earth]. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
14 People are so stupid and know so little. ·Goldsmiths [Smelters] are ·made ashamed [humiliated] by their idols, because those ·statues are only false gods [L images are false]. They have no breath in them. 15 They are ·worth nothing [useless; meaningless; L a breath]; ·people make fun of them [laughable; a derision]. When they are judged, they will ·be destroyed [perish]. 16 But Jacob’s [C another name for Israel] Portion [C referring to the Lord; God gives himself to Israel] is not like ·the idols [L these]. He ·made [L formed] everything, and ·he chose Israel to be his special people [L Israel is the tribe of his inheritance]. The Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] is his name.
Destruction Is Coming
17 ·Get everything you own [L Gather your goods] ·and prepare to leave [or from the ground], you people who are ·trapped by your enemies [L under siege]. 18 This is what the Lord says: “At this time I will ·throw [L sling] out the people who live in this land. I will bring ·trouble [distress] to them so that they may be ·captured [L squeezed].”
19 ·How terrible it will be for me [Woe to me] because of my ·injury [fracture]. My wound ·cannot be healed [is severe]. Yet I told myself, “This is my ·sickness [or punishment]; I must ·suffer through [endure] it.” 20 My tent is ·ruined [destroyed; desolated], and all its ropes are broken. My children have gone away and left me. No one is left to ·put up [stretch out] my tent again or to set up ·a shelter for me [L my curtains]. 21 The shepherds are stupid and don’t ·ask the Lord for advice [L seek the Lord]. So they do not have success, and all their flocks are scattered. 22 Listen! The news is coming. A ·loud noise [great commotion] comes from the north [C the Babylonian army] to make the towns of Judah an ·empty desert [desolation] and a ·home [haunt] for wild dogs [jackals]!
23 Lord, I know that ·our lives don’t really belong to us [L his way/path does not belong to people]. ·We can’t control our own lives [L People as they walk cannot establish their steps]. 24 Lord, ·correct [teach; instruct] me, but be ·fair [just]. Don’t punish me in your anger, or you will ·destroy me [L make me dwindle]. 25 Pour out your anger on other nations that do not know you and do not pray to you. Those nations have ·destroyed [consumed] the people of Jacob. They have ·eaten [consumed] them up completely and ·destroyed [desolated] their homeland.
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