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Jeremiah 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Hear the word that Yahweh speaks to you, [O] house of Israel. 2 Thus says Yahweh: "You must not learn the way of the nations, and you must not be dismayed by the signs of the heavens, for the nations are dismayed by them. 3 For the statutes of the peoples [are] vanity, for it [is] a tree cut down from [the] forest, [the] work of [the] hands of a craftsman with the tool. 4 He decorates it with silver and gold, they strengthen it with nails and hammers, so that it does not stagger. 5 They [are] like scarecrowsa in a cucumber field, they cannot speak. Indeed, they must be carried, for they cannot march. You must not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil; furthermore, to do good [is] not in them." 6 There is none like you, [O] Yahweh, you [are] great and your name [is] great in might. 7 Who would not revere you, O king of the nations? For you it is fitting. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms,b there is none like you. 8 {At the same time}c they are stupid and foolish, [in the] instruction of idols, it [is] wood. 9 Silver beaten from Tarshish is brought, and gold from Uphaz, the work of [the] craftsman and [the] hands of the goldsmith. Blue and purple [are] their clothing, all of them [are] the work of skillful people. 10 But Yahweh [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and {an everlasting king}.d Because of his wrath the earth quakes, and [the] nations cannot endure his anger. 11 "{Thus}e you shall say to them, 'Gods who did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens. 12 [He is] the maker of [the] earth by his power, [who] created the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding he stretched out heaven. 13 {When he utters his voice}f [there is] a noise of water in the heavens, and he causes [the] mist to rise from [the] endsg of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he causes [the] wind to go out from his storehouses. 14 {Everyone}h is stupid, {without knowledge},i every goldsmith is ashamed by [his] divine image, for his cast image [is] an illusion, and [there is] no breath in them. 15 They [are] vanity, a work of mockery, at the time of their punishment, they will perish. 16 The portion of Jacob [is] not like these, for he [is] the creator of everything, and Israel [is] the tribe of his inheritance, Yahweh of hosts [is] his name. 17 Gather your bundle from [the] ground, you who live under the siege.'" 18 For thus says Yahweh, "Look, I [am] about to sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and I will bring distress to them, so that they may feel it."

The Nation Accepts Its Judgment

19 Woe to me, because of my wound. My wound [is] incurable. But I said, "Surely this [is my] sickness, and I must bear it." 20 My tent is devastated, and all my tent cords are torn. My children have gone out [from] me, and they are not. There is no [one who] pitches my tent again, or [one who] puts up my tent curtains. 21 For the shepherds have become stupid, they do not seek Yahweh. {Therefore}j they do not have insight, and all of their flock are scattered. 22 Listen, news:k Look, [it is] coming, a great roar from [the] land of [the] north, to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a lair of jackals. 23 I know, [O] Yahweh, that to the human [is] not his [own] way, nor to a person [is the] walking and the directing of his [own] step. 24 Chastisel me, [O] Yahweh, but in moderation, not in your anger, lest you eradicate me. 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not know you, and on [the] peoples that do not call on your name, for they have devoured Jacob, they have devoured and consumed him, and they have caused his settlement to be desolate.
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