Jeremiah 10

A Satire on Idolatry

1Hear the word which the  Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2Thus says the  Lord, a  Do not learn the way of the nations,
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them;
3For the customs of the peoples are
Lit vanity
c  delusion;
Because d  it is wood cut from the forest,
The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
4“They e  decorate it with silver and with gold;
They f  fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.
5Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
And they g  cannot speak;
They must be h  carried,
Because they cannot walk!
Do not fear them,
For they i  can do no harm,
Nor can they do any good.”

6 j  There is none like You, O  Lord;
You are k  great, and great is Your name in might.
7 l  Who would not fear You, O m  King of the nations?
Indeed it is Your due!
For among all the n  wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
8But they are altogether o  stupid and foolish
In their discipline of
Lit vanities, or idols
Lit it is
their idol is wood!
9Beaten r  silver is brought from s  Tarshish,
And t  gold from Uphaz,
The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith;
Violet and purple are their clothing;
They are all the u  work of skilled men.
10But the  Lord is the v  true God;
He is the w  living God and the x  everlasting King.
At His wrath the y  earth quakes,
And the nations cannot z  endure His indignation.

This verse is in Aram
Thus you shall say to them, “The ab  gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will ac  perish from the earth and from under the
Or these heavens
12 It is ae  He who made the earth by His power,
Who af  established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has ag  stretched out the heavens.
13When He utters His ah  voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the ai  clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain,
And brings out the aj  wind from His storehouses.
14Every man is ak  stupid, devoid of knowledge;
Every goldsmith is put to shame by his
Or graven image
For his molten images are deceitful,
And there is no breath in them.
15They are am  worthless, a work of mockery;
In the an  time of their punishment they will perish.
16The ao  portion of Jacob is not like these;
For the
Lit Fashioner
aq  Maker of all is He,
And ar  Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
The as   Lord of hosts is His name.

17 at  Pick up your bundle from the ground,
You who dwell under siege!

18For thus says the  Lord, Behold, I am au  slinging out the inhabitants of the land
At this time,
And will cause them distress,
That they may
Lit find
be found.”

19 aw  Woe is me, because of my
Lit breaking
My ay  wound is incurable.
But I said, “Truly this is a sickness,
And I az  must bear it.”
20My ba  tent is destroyed,
And all my ropes are broken;
My bb  sons have gone from me and are no more.
There is bc  no one to stretch out my tent again
Or to set up my curtains.
21For the shepherds have become stupid
And bd  have not sought the  Lord;
Therefore they have not prospered,
And be  all their flock is scattered.
22The sound of a bf  report! Behold, it comes
A great commotion bg  out of the land of the north
To bh  make the cities of Judah
A desolation, a haunt of jackals.

23I know, O  Lord, that bi  a man’s way is not in himself,
bj  Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
24 bk  Correct me, O  Lord, but with justice;
Not with Your anger, or You will
Lit diminish me
bring me to nothing.
25 bm  Pour out Your wrath on the nations that bn  do not know You
And on the families that bo  do not call Your name;
For they have devoured Jacob;
They have bp  devoured him and consumed him
And have laid waste his
Or pasture

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