Idols and the Living God

Jeremiah 10

1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.

2 Thus says the LORD:
a "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are 1 futile;
For b one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
They c fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.
5 They are upright, like a palm tree,
And d they cannot speak;
They must be e carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For f they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good."

6 Inasmuch as there is none g like You, O LORD
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
7 h Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due.
For i among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
8 But they are altogether j dull-hearted and foolish;
A wooden idol is a 2 worthless doctrine.
9 Silver is beaten into plates;
It is brought from Tarshish,
And k gold from Uphaz,
The work of the craftsman
And of the hands of the metalsmith;
Blue and purple are their clothing;
They are all l the work of skillful men.
10 But the LORD is the true God;
He is m the living God and the n everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.

11 Thus you shall say to them: o "The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth p shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens."

12 He q has made the earth by His power,
He has r established the world by His wisdom,
And s has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
13 t When He utters His voice,
There is a 3 multitude of waters in the heavens:
u "And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries." 4
14 v Everyone is w dull-hearted, without knowledge;
x Every metalsmith is put to shame by an image;
y For his molded image is falsehood,
And there is no breath in them.
15 They are futile, a work of errors;
In the time of their punishment they shall perish.
16 z The Portion of Jacob is not like them,
For He is the Maker of all things,
And a Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
b The LORD of hosts is His name.

17 c Gather up your wares from the land,
O 5 inhabitant of the fortress!
18 For thus says the LORD:
"Behold, I will d throw out at this time
The inhabitants of the land,
And will distress them,
e That they may find it so."

19 f Woe is me for my hurt!
My wound is severe.
But I say, g "Truly this is an infirmity,
And h I must bear it."
20 i My tent is plundered,
And all my cords are broken;
My children have gone from me,
And they are j no more.
There is no one to pitch my tent anymore,
Or set up my curtains.
21 For the shepherds have become dull-hearted,
And have not sought the LORD;
Therefore they shall not prosper,
And all their flocks shall be k scattered.

22 Behold, the noise of the report has come,
And a great commotion out of the l north country,
To make the cities of Judah desolate, a m den of jackals.

23 O LORD, I know the n way of man is not in himself;
It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
24 O LORD, o correct me, but with justice;
Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.

25 p Pour out Your fury on the Gentiles, q who do not know You,
And on the families who do not call on Your name;
For they have eaten up Jacob,
r Devoured him and consumed him,
And made his dwelling place desolate.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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