A blacksmith works with his tool 1 and forges metal over the coals. He forms it 2 with hammers; he makes it with his strong arm. He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3 he drinks no water and gets tired.
A carpenter takes measurements; 1 he marks out an outline of its form; 2 he scrapes 3 it with chisels, and marks it with a compass. He patterns it after the human form, 4 like a well-built human being, and puts it in a shrine. 5
Half of it he burns in the fire – over that half he cooks 1 meat; he roasts a meal and fills himself. Yes, he warms himself and says, ‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’
Gather together and come! Approach together, you refugees from the nations! Those who carry wooden idols know nothing, those who pray to a god that cannot deliver.
I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 1 Then all humankind 2 will recognize that I am the Lord, your deliverer, your protector, 3 the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 4
Look, you will summon nations 1 you did not previously know; nations 2 that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, 3 for he bestows honor on you.
As for foreigners who become followers of 1 the Lord and serve him, who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants – all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and who are faithful to 2 my covenant –
The Lord will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. 1 He will give you renewed strength, 2 and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water.
“Go and declare in the hearing of the people of Jerusalem: 1 ‘This is what the Lord says: “I have fond memories of you, 2 how devoted you were to me in your early years. 3 I remember how you loved me like a new bride; you followed me through the wilderness, through a land that had never been planted.
Your priests 1 did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ 2 Those responsible for teaching my law 3 did not really know me. 4 Your rulers rebelled against me. Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. 5 They all worshiped idols that could not help them. 6
“Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: they have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, 1 and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”
The Lord said, 1 “Go up and down 2 through the streets of Jerusalem. 3 Look around and see for yourselves. Search through its public squares. See if any of you can find a single person who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. 4 If you can, 5 then I will not punish this city. 6