Yea, their altars ARE as heaps in the furrows of the fields. The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. He that IS so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a TREE that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, THAT shall not be moved. The isles saw IT, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came. They helped every one his neighbour; and EVERYONE said to his brother, Be of good courage. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, AND he that smootheth WITH the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It IS ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, THAT it should not be moved. The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioned it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. The carpenter stretcheth out HIS rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and marketh it after the figure of a man according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish IT. They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, AND hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. And tookest thy broided garments, and coverest them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Ephraim IS joined to idols: let him alone. Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
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