3 To know you is perfect righteousness and to acknowledge your power is the root of im mortality.
4 So we have not been led astray by a deceptive invention of human act the sterile labor of painters these idols daubed with colors, 5 the sight of which stirs yearning in fools attached to the lifeless face of a dead image.
6 Really, idol-makers and those who serve and worship them are looking for disgrace and deserve to have false hope.
7 The potter, laboriously working the soft clay, fashions each object for our use, and from the same clay he shapes vessels, some for food, and others for what is thrown away. The potter makes vessels for both clean and unclean uses and decides to what purpose each one is shaped. 8 The same way and from the same clay he fashions a helpless god
9 He has no thought of dying soon, no thought of the short duration of life. None at all. He competes with those who work on silver and gold and, like the smith, he feels proud to make a counterfeit of God.
10 Ashes, that is what his heart is
13 For these, more than others, know that they sin in fashioning with the same clay, vessels and sculptured gods.
14 But utterly foolish and more pitiable than the soul of a newborn infant were the enemies that oppressed your people. 15 They received as gods all the idols of the nations idols that have no eyes to see, no nostrils to breathe the air, no ears to hear, no fingers to feel with, or feet that are able to walk. For these gods are the work of a man, a creature of borrowed breath made them.
16 Man cannot even make a god that resembles himself
18 People worship the most repulsive animals, the most stupid of all who, unlike other animals, are devoid of beauty