Jeremiah 10:3-13 NIV

3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman1 shapes it with his chisel.2

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4 They adorn it with silver3 and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.4

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5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak;5 they must be carried because they cannot walk.6 Do not fear them; they can do no harm7 nor can they do any good."8

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6 No one is like you,9 O LORD; you are great,10 and your name is mighty in power.

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7 Who should not revere11 you, O King of the nations?12 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 senseless13 and foolish;14 they are taught by worthless wooden idols.15

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9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish16 and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made17 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,18 the eternal King.19 When he is angry,20 the earth trembles;21 the nations cannot endure his wrath.22

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11 "Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish23 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 made24 the earth25 by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom26 and stretched out the heavens27 by his understanding.

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          13 When he thunders,28 the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning29 with the rain30 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.31

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