Jeremiah 10:15-25 (New International Version)

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15 They are worthless,1 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish. 16 He who is the Portion2 of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things,3 including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance4-- the LORD Almighty is his name.5

Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongings6 to leave the land, you who live under siege. 18 For this is what the LORD says: "At this time I will hurl7 out those who live in this land; I will bring distress8 on them so that they may be captured." 19 Woe to me because of my injury! My wound9 is incurable! Yet I said to myself, "This is my sickness, and I must endure10 it." 20 My tent11 is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My sons are gone from me and are no more;12 no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter. 21 The shepherds13 are senseless14 and do not inquire of the LORD;15 so they do not prosper16 and all their flock is scattered.17 22 Listen! The report is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north!18 It will make the towns of Judah desolate,19 a haunt of jackals.20

Jeremiah's Prayer

23 I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.21 24 Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-- not in your anger,22 lest you reduce me to nothing.2324 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations25 that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.26 For they have devoured27 Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.28
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