Jeremiah, Chapter 10

10:1 Hear+ the word which Yahweh speaks to you+, O house of Israel:
10:2 thus says Yahweh, Don't learn the way of the nations, and don't be dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the nations are dismayed at them.
10:3 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the ax.
10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it will not move.
10:5 They are like a palm-tree, of turned work, and don't speak: they must surely be borne, because they can't go. Don't be afraid of them; for they can't do evil, neither is it in them to do good.
10:6 There is none like you, O Yahweh; you are great, and your name is great in might.
10:7 Who should not fear you, O King of the nations? For to you does it appertain; since among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is none like you.
10:8 But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols! It is but a stock.
10:9 There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artificer and of the hands of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing; they are all the work of skillful men.
10:10 But Yahweh is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King: at his wrath the earth trembles, and the nations are not able to endure his indignation.
10:11 Thus you+ will say to them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, these will perish from the earth, and from under the heavens.
10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding he has stretched out the heavens:
10:13 when he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes lightnings for the rain, and brings forth the wind out of his treasuries.
10:14 All of man has become brutish [and is] without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his graven image; for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
10:15 They are vanity, a work of delusion: in the time of their visitation they will perish.
10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like these; for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance: Yahweh of hosts is his name.
10:17 Gather up your wares out of the land, O you who remain in the siege.
10:18 For thus says Yahweh, Look, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and will distress them, that they may feel [it].
10:19 Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is [my] grief, and I must bear it.
10:20 My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken: my sons have gone forth from me, and they are not: there is none to spread my tent anymore, and to set up my curtains.
10:21 For the shepherds have become brutish, and haven't inquired of Yahweh: therefore they haven't prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.
10:22 The voice of news, look, it comes, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a dwelling-place of jackals.
10:23 O Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in a man who walks to direct his steps.
10:24 O Yahweh, correct me, but in measure: not in your anger, or else you will bring me to nothing.
10:25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don't know you, and on the families that do not call on your name: for they have devoured Jacob, yes, they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.

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