Jeremiah 10


A Warning against Vain Idols

1Hear the word of the  lord! which he spoke to you, O house of Israel. 2Thus says the  lord, [3according to 4the 5ways 6of the 7nations 1Do not 2learn]! And from the signs of the heaven do not fear! for [2are fearing 3them 1nations]. 3For the laws of the nations are vain. An idol is a tree [2from out of 3the 4forest 1being cut], the work of a fabricator, even a molten casting. 4[3in silver 4and 5gold 2being bedecked 1It is]. By a hammer and nail they stiffen them, 5and they do not move. [2a silver 3turned piece 1It is] -- they do not speak. Being lifted they shall be lifted, for they shall not mount themselves. You should not fear them, for in no way should they do evil, and [2good 1there is no] in them. 6There is not one likened to you, O  lord. Great are you, and great is your name in strength. 7Who shall not fear you, O king of nations? For to you it is becoming. For among all the wise of the nations, and among all their kingdoms, there is not one likened to you. 8At the same time [2foolish 3and 4unthinking 1they are]. [4a teacher 5of vanities 1Their 2tree 3is]. 9[2silver 1Amalgamated] from Tarshish; [2shall come 1gold] from Uphaz; and by the hand of goldsmiths [2works 3of craftsmen 1they are all]. [3blue 4and 5purple 1They shall put on 2them]. 11Thus you shall say to them, The gods who [3the 4heaven 5and 6the 7earth 1did not 2make] let them be destroyed from the earth, and from beneath this heaven! 12The  lord is the one making the earth by his strength; erecting the world by his wisdom; and by his intellect he stretched out the heaven, 13and the multitude of water in the heaven; and he led clouds from the end of the earth; [2lightnings 3for 4the rain 1he made], and he brought out winds from his treasuries. 14[3was made moronish 1Every 2man] from knowledge; [3was disgraced 1every 2goldsmith] over his carved idols; for [2false 1they cast] in a furnace; there is no breath in them. 15They are vanities, [2works 1mocking]. In the time of their visitation they shall be destroyed. 16[2is not 1Such] the portion of Jacob, for the one shaping all things is he, and Israel is the rod of his inheritance -- the  lord of forces is his name.

The Coming Destruction

17He gathered [2from outside 1his support] dwelling in choice vessels. 18For thus says the  lord, Behold, I trip up the ones dwelling this land. And I will squeeze them out so that it should be found. 19Woe over your destruction, [2is painful 1your wound]. And I said, Really this is my wound, and it overtook me. 20 My tent is in miserable condition, it was destroyed; and all of my hide coverings were pulled apart. My sons and my sheep are no more; there is no more place for my tent, nor a place for my hide coverings. 21For the shepherds were unwise, and [3the  lord 1they do not 2seek]. On account of this [4comprehended not 1all 2the 3sheep of the pasture], and are dispersed. 22[3a sound 4of a report 1Behold 2there comes], and [2quake 1a great] from out of the land of the north, to order the cities of Judah for extinction, and a bed for ostriches. 23I know, O  lord, that [4is not 3of man 1the 2way] his own; nor shall a man go and keep [2straight 1his goings]. 24Correct us, O  lord, only with equity, and not in rage! that [2not 4us few 1you should 3make]. 25Pour out your rage upon the nations! the ones not knowing you; and upon kingdoms which [2your name 1called not upon]. For they devoured Jacob, and completely consumed Israel, and [2his pasture 1made desolate].
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