They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;

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(A)They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though (B)one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.

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They are upright, like a palm tree,
And (A)they cannot speak;
They must be (B)carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For (C)they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”

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18 “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it,
The molded image, a teacher of lies,
That the maker of its mold should trust in it,
To make mute idols?

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