“When he prays
He is not ashamed
To address a lifeless thing.
He appeals to a thing that is weak.
He prays to a thing that is dead.
He entreats a thing that is utterly inexperienced.
For a prosperous journey,
He asks a thing that cannot take a step.
For success with his hands,
He asks strength of a thing
Whose hands have no strength.”
Now what seems ridiculous happens. This carpenter now turns to worship the image that he just created. In fact, he prays (προσευχόμενος) to this image for protection of his possessions, his marriage, and his children. He is not ashamed to speak to this lifeless image that he himself created. The author then points out the incredulity of this picture. The woodcutter prays for health to a weak piece of wood. He prays for life and asks for aid from a dead (νεκρὸν) piece of wood. He asks for help on his journey from something that cannot even walk. He asks for money and success in his work from a weak piece of wood with no strength. The irony is evident.