Jeremiah 10 NAS

A Satire on Idolatry

1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.

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      2 Thus says the LORD, "1Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them;

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      3 For the customs of the peoples are a2delusion; Because 3it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

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        • Ñ 10:3 - Lit "vanity"
          4 "They 4decorate it with silver and with gold; They 5fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

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          5 "Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they 6cannot speak; They must be 7carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they 8can do no harm, Nor * can they do any good."

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          6 9There is none like You, O LORD; You are 10great, and great is Your name in might.

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          7 11Who would not fear You, O 12King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the 13wise men of the nations And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.

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          8 But they are altogether 14stupid and foolish In their discipline of bdelusion -ctheir idol is wood!

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            • Ò 10:8 - Lit "vanities," or "idols"
            • Ó 10:8 - Lit "it is"
              9 Beaten 15silver is brought from 16Tarshish, And 17gold from Uphaz, The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith; Violet and purple are their clothing; They are all the 18work of skilled men.

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              10 But the LORD is the 19true God; He is the 20living God and the 21everlasting King. At His wrath the 22earth quakes, And the nations cannot 23endure His indignation.

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              11 dThus you shall say to them, "The 24gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will 25perish from the earth and from under the eheavens."

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                • Ô 10:11 - This verse is in Aram
                • Õ 10:11 - Or "these heavens"
                  12 It is 26He who made the earth by His power, Who 27established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has 28stretched out the heavens.

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                  13 When He utters His 29voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the 30clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the 31wind from His storehouses.

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                  14 Every man is 32stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his fidols; For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them.

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                    • Ö 10:14 - Or "graven image"
                      15 They are 33worthless, a work of mockery; In the 34time of their punishment they will perish.

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                      16 The 35portion of Jacob is not like these; For the g36Maker of all is He, And 37Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The 38LORD of hosts is His name.

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                      17 39Pick up your bundle from the ground, You who dwell under siege!

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                      18 For thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am 40slinging out the inhabitants of the land At this time, And will cause them distress, That they may hbe found."

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                      19 41Woe is me, because of my iinjury! My 42wound is incurable. But I said, "Truly this is a sickness, And I 43must bear it."

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                        • Ù 10:19 - Lit "breaking"
                          20 My 44tent is destroyed, And all my ropes are broken; My 45sons have gone from me and are no more. There is 46no one to stretch out my tent again Or to set up my curtains.

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                          21 For the shepherds have become stupid And 47have not sought the LORD; Therefore * they have not prospered, And 48all their flock is scattered.

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                          22 The sound of a 49report! Behold, it comes - A great commotion 50out of the land of the north - To 51make the cities of Judah A desolation, a haunt of jackals.

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                          23 I know, O LORD, that 52a man's way is not in himself, 53Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

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                          24 54Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will jbring me to nothing.

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                            • Ú 10:24 - Lit "diminish me"
                              25 55Pour out Your wrath on the nations that 56do not know You And on the families that 57do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have 58devoured him and consumed him And have laid waste his khabitation.

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