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Jeremiah 10:1-16 (New International Version)

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God and Idols

10:12-16pp -- Jer 51:15-19

1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations1 or be terrified by signs2 in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman3 shapes it with his chisel.4 4 They adorn it with silver5 and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.6 5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak;7 they must be carried because they cannot walk.8 Do not fear them; they can do no harm9 nor can they do any good."10 6 No one is like you,11 O LORD; you are great,12 and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not revere13 you, O King of the nations?14 This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. 8 They are all senseless15 and foolish;16 they are taught by worthless wooden idols.17 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish18 and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made19 is then dressed in blue and purple-- all made by skilled workers. 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God,20 the eternal King.21 When he is angry,22 the earth trembles;23 the nations cannot endure his wrath.24 11 "Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish25 from the earth and from under the heavens.' "a 12 But God made26 the earth27 by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom28 and stretched out the heavens29 by his understanding. 13 When he thunders,30 the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning31 with the rain32 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.33 14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed34 by his idols. His images are a fraud;35 they have no breath in them. 15 They are worthless,36 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish. 16 He who is the Portion37 of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things,38 including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance39-- the LORD Almighty is his name.40
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