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 scarecrows 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."
References for Jeremiah 10:5
    • a 10:5 - Hebrew "scarecrow"
      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, there is none like you.
      References for Jeremiah 10:7
        • b 10:7 - Hebrew "kingdom"
          8 {At the same time} they are stupid and foolish, [in the] instruction of idols, it [is] wood.
          References for Jeremiah 10:8
            • c 10:8 - Literally "And in one"
              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}. Because of his wrath the earth quakes, and [the] nations cannot endure his anger.
              References for Jeremiah 10:10
                • d 10:10 - Literally "a king of eternity"
                  11 "{Thus} 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.
                  References for Jeremiah 10:11
                    • e 10:11 - Literally "Like this"
                      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} [there is] a noise of water in the heavens, and he causes [the] mist to rise from [the] ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he causes [the] wind to go out from his storehouses.
                      References for Jeremiah 10:13
                        • f 10:13 - Literally "At the voice of his giving"
                        • g 10:13 - Hebrew "end"
                          14 {Everyone} is stupid, {without knowledge}, every goldsmith is ashamed by [his] divine image, for his cast image [is] an illusion, and [there is] no breath in them.
                          References for Jeremiah 10:14
                            • h 10:14 - Literally "All humankind"
                            • i 10:14 - Literally "from knowledge"
                              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."
                              References for Jeremiah 10:19
                                  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} they do not have insight, and all of their flock are scattered.
                                  References for Jeremiah 10:21
                                    • j 10:21 - Literally "Unto thus"
                                      22 Listen, news: 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.
                                      References for Jeremiah 10:22
                                        • k 10:22 - Or "a report"
                                          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 Chastise me, [O] Yahweh, but in moderation, not in your anger, lest you eradicate me.
                                          References for Jeremiah 10:24
                                            • l 10:24 - Or "Discipline"
                                              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.