And between the room above the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and traders worked.
A craftsman casts 1 an idol; a metalsmith overlays it with gold and forges silver chains for it.
After him Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, worked as far as the house of the temple servants and the traders, opposite the Inspection Gate, 1 and up to the room above the corner.
Uzziel son of Harhaiah, a member of the goldsmiths’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. Hananiah, a member of the perfumers’ guild, worked on the section adjacent to him. They plastered 1 the city wall of Jerusalem 2 as far as the Broad Wall.
Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale 1 hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it.
The craftsman encourages the metalsmith, the one who wields the hammer encourages 1 the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, 2 and nails it down so it won’t fall over.”
Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish 1 and gold is brought from Uphaz 2 to cover those idols. 3 They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. 4 They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. 5 They are all made by skillful workers. 6
All these idolaters 1 will prove to be stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made. For the image he forges is merely a sham. 2 There is no breath in any of those idols. 3
All idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made. For the image he forges is merely a sham. There is no breath in any of those idols.
in using gold, silver, bronze, and iron. 1 Get up and begin the work! May the Lord be with you!”