15 The (A)idols of the nations are but silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.

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19 As for the [a](A)idol, a craftsman casts it,
A goldsmith (B)plates it with gold,
And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering
Selects a (C)tree that does not rot;
He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
To [b]prepare [c]an idol that (D)will not totter.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:19 Or graven image
  2. Isaiah 40:20 Or set up
  3. Isaiah 40:20 Or a graven image

The King’s Golden Image

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an (A)image of gold, the height of which was sixty [a]cubits and its width six [b]cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the (B)province of Babylon.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 3:1 I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
  2. Daniel 3:1 I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.

19 “Woe to him who (A)says to a piece of wood, ‘(B)Awake!’
To a mute stone, ‘Arise!’
And that is your teacher?
Behold, it is overlaid with (C)gold and silver,
And there is (D)no breath at all inside it.

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