Jeremiah 10:9

9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,[a] and gold from Uphaz[b][c] from the hands of a goldsmith, the work of a craftsman. Their clothing is blue and purple, all the work of skilled artisans.

Jeremiah 10:9 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 10:9

Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish
In Cilicia, where the Apostle Paul was born; according to Josephus, as Jerom says, it was a country in India. The Targum renders it, from Africa, and calls it silver "rolled up", or "covered"; so the Vulgate Latin; such was beaten with a hammer into plates, and might be rolled up for better convenience of shipment; and with which they covered and decked their idols, to make them look glittering and pompous, and command some awe and reverence from the common people. The Arabic version renders it, "solid silver"; it being the same word from whence the firmament of heaven has its name, or the wide expanse; hence we render it "spread", stretched, and drawn out into plates. The Syriac version is, "the best silver"; as very likely that from Tarshish was reckoned. And gold from Uphaz;
called sometimes "the gold of Uphaz"; ( Daniel 10:5 ) or "Fess"; perhaps the same with the gold of Ophir, ( Job 28:16 ) and so the Targum here calls it, "gold from Ophir"; to which agrees the Syriac version; and was esteemed the best gold. The work of workmen, and of the hands of the founder;
melter or refiner, being first purified by him from dross, and then wrought into plates, and polished, and fitted for the idol; and all this being owing to the art and workmanship of men, shows the brutishness and ignorance of the people, in worshipping it as a god. Blue and purple is their clothing; not the clothing of the workmen, but of the idols; these colours seem to be chosen to dazzle the eyes of the populace, and cause them to entertain a high opinion of them; the "blue" being the colour of the heavens, and the "purple" what is wore by kings; and so both may denote their deity and dominion. But, alas! they are all the work of cunning men:
both the idols, and their clothing; especially the latter is meant, which were curiously wrought and embroidered by men skilful in that art.

Jeremiah 10:9 In-Context

7 Who should not fear You, King of the nations? It is what You deserve. For among all the wise people of the nations and among all their kingdoms, there is no one like You.
8 They are both senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols [made of] wood!
9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz from the hands of a goldsmith, the work of a craftsman. Their clothing is blue and purple, all the work of skilled artisans.
10 But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at His wrath, and the nations cannot endure His rage.
11 You are to say this to them: The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.

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