Jeremiah 10:15-25 NIV

15 They are worthless,1 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

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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

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Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongings6 to leave the land, you who live under siege.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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24 Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-- not in your anger,22 lest you reduce me to nothing.2324

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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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