Jeremiah 10:8

8 They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

Jeremiah 10:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
ESV
8 They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction of idols is but wood!
NLT
8 People who worship idols are stupid and foolish. The things they worship are made of wood!
MSG
8 Stupidly, they line them up - a lineup of sticks, good for nothing but making smoke.
CSB
8 They are both senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols [made of] wood!

Jeremiah 10:8 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 10:8

But they are altogether brutish and foolish
In comparison of the Lord, there is no knowledge and wisdom in them, this is a certain fact; they are verily brutish and foolish; or they are one and all so, there is not a wise man among them: or, "in one thing they are brutish" F18; namely, in their idolatry; however wise they may be in other respects, in this they are foolish: or, to give no more instances of their brutishness F19 and folly, this one is sufficient, even what follows, the stock is a doctrine of vanities;
or what they teach persons, as to worship the trunk of a tree, or any idol of metal, or of wood, is a most vain and foolish thing, and argues gross stupidity and folly, and proves them to be brutish, and without understanding.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (wreby txabw) "in hoc uno Munster", Tigurine version; "et certe in una quadem re obbrutescunt", Piscator. So Jarchi and Abarbinel.
F19 The Talmudists seem to take the word (reb) to have the signification of burning; for the sense of these words being asked, it is replied, there is one thing that burns the wicked in hell; what is it? idolatry; as it is here written, "a doctrine of vanities is the stock."

Jeremiah 10:8 In-Context

6 No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
7 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.
8 They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.
9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made 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, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Isaiah 44:18
  • 2. S Isaiah 40:19; S Jeremiah 4:22
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 32:21