Jeremiah 10:1-16 NIV

God and Idols

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

1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel.

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      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.

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      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

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      4 They adorn it with silver5 and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.6

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      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

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      6 No one is like you,11 O LORD; you are great,12 and your name is mighty in power.

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      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.

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      8 They are all senseless15 and foolish;16 they are taught by worthless wooden idols.17

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      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.

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      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

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      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

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        • a 10:11 - The text of this verse is in Aramaic.
          12 But God made26 the earth27 by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom28 and stretched out the heavens29 by his understanding.

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              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

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              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.

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              15 They are worthless,36 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

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              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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