20 A poor person contributes wood for a pedestal
that will not rot.[a]
He looks for a skilled craftsman
to set up an idol that will not fall over.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 40:20 Or who is too poor for such an offering, or who chooses mulberry wood as a votive gift; Hb obscure

They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along;(A)
they set it in its place, and there it stands;
it does not budge from its place.(B)
They cry out to it but it doesn’t answer;
it saves no one from his trouble.

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