he plots evil with perverse thoughts 1 in his heart, he spreads contention 2 at all times.
a heart that devises wicked plans, 1 feet that are swift to run 2 to evil,
You must not curse a deaf person or put a stumbling block in front of a blind person. 1 You must fear 2 your God; I am the Lord.
Bakbakkar; Heresh; Galal; Mattaniah son of Mika, son of Zikri, son of Asaph;
Their venom is like that of a snake, 1 like a deaf serpent 2 that does not hear, 3
A craftsman casts 1 an idol; a metalsmith overlays it with gold and forges silver chains for it.
Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 1 all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
You are to engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel with the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a seal; 1 you are to have them set 2 in gold filigree 3 settings.
and with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an artisan, a designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen.
‘Cursed is the one 1 who makes a carved or metal image – something abhorrent 2 to the Lord, the work of the craftsman 3 – and sets it up in a secret place.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 4
To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot; 1 he then seeks a skilled craftsman to make 2 an idol that will not fall over.
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.”
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
Look, I create the craftsman, who fans the coals into a fire and forges a weapon. 1 I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
For the religion 1 of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. 2
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
That idol was made by a workman – it is not God! The calf idol of Samaria will be broken to bits.
The Lord said to him, “Who gave 1 a mouth to man, or who makes a person mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 2
He has filled them with skill 1 to do all kinds of work 2 as craftsmen, as designers, as embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and in fine linen, and as weavers. They are 3 craftsmen in all the work 4 and artistic designers. 5