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Jeremiah 10 (Today's New International Version)

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God and Idols

10:12-16pp -- Jer 51:15-19

1 Hear what the LORD says to you, house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations1 or be terrified by signs2 in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a skilled worker3 shapes it with a chisel.4 4 They adorn it with silver5 and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.6 5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak;7 they must be carried because they cannot walk.8 Do not fear them; they can do no harm9 nor can they do any good."10 6 No one is like you,11 LORD; you are great,12 and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not fear13 you, King of the nations?14 This is your due. Among all the wise rulers of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. 8 They are all senseless15 and foolish;16 they are taught by worthless wooden idols.17 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish18 and gold from Uphaz. What the goldsmith and engraver have made19 is then dressed in blue and purple-- all made by skilled workers. 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God,20 the eternal King.21 When he is angry,22 the earth trembles;23 the nations cannot endure his wrath.24 11 "Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish25 from the earth and from under the heavens.' "a 12 But God made26 the earth27 by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom28 and stretched out the heavens29 by his understanding. 13 When he thunders,30 the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning31 with the rain32 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.33 14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; all goldsmiths are shamed34 by their idols. Their images are a fraud;35 they have no breath in them. 15 They are worthless,36 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish. 16 He who is the Portion37 of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things,38 including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance39-- the LORD Almighty is his name.40

Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongings41 to leave the land, you who live under siege. 18 For this is what the LORD says: "At this time I will hurl42 out those who live in this land; I will bring distress43 on them so that they may be captured." 19 Woe to me because of my injury! My wound44 is incurable! Yet I said to myself, "This is my sickness, and I must endure45 it." 20 My tent46 is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My children are gone from me and are no more;47 no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter. 21 The shepherds48 are senseless49 and do not inquire of the LORD;50 so they do not prosper51 and all their flock is scattered.52 22 Listen! The report is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north!53 It will make the towns of Judah desolate,54 a haunt of jackals.55

Jeremiah's Prayer

23 LORD, I know that people's lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.56 24 Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure-- not in your anger,57 or you will reduce me to nothing.5859 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations60 that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.61 For they have devoured62 Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.63
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