The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Heare ye the word which the LORD speaketh vnto you, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 10:2 Thus sayeth the LORD, Learne not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signes of heauen, for the heathen are dismayed at them. Jeremiah 10:3 For the customes of the people are vaine: for one cutteth a tree out of the forrest (the worke of the handes of the workeman) with the axe. Jeremiah 10:4 They decke it with siluer and with golde, they fasten it with nayles, and with hammers that it mooue not. Jeremiah 10:5 They [are] vpright as the palme tree, but speake not: they must needes bee borne, because they cannot goe: be not afraid of them, for they cannot doe euil, neither also [is it] in them to doe good. Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as [there is] none like vnto thee, O LORD, thou [art] great, and thy Name [is] great in might. Jeremiah 10:7 Who would not feare thee, O King of nations? for to thee doeth [it] appertaine: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdomes, [there is] none like vnto thee. Jeremiah 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stocke is a doctrine of vanities. Jeremiah 10:9 Siluer spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the worke of the workeman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple [is] their clothing: they [are] all the worke of cunning men. Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the liuing God, and an euerlasting King: at his wrath the earth shal tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shal ye say vnto them, The Gods that haue not made the heauens, & the earth, [euen] they shall perish from the earth, & from vnder these heauens. Jeremiah 10:12 Hee hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisedome, and hath stretched out the heauens by his discretion. Jeremiah 10:13 When he vttereth his voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heauens, and hee causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: hee maketh lightnings with raine, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:14 Euery man is brutish in [his] knowledge, euery founder is confounded by the grauen image: for his moulten image [is] falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them. Jeremiah 10:15 They [are] vanity, [and] the worke of errours: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Iacob [is] not like them: for he [is] the fourmer of all things, and Israel [is] the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hostes [is] his Name.
The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.
Jeremiah 10:17 Gather vp thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortresse. Jeremiah 10:18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distresse them, that they may find [it so].
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Woe is mee for my hurt, my wound is grieuous: but I sayd, Truely this [is] a griefe, and I must beare it. Jeremiah 10:20 My Tabernacle is spoyled, and all my cordes are broken: my children are gone foorth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch foorth my tent any more, and to set vp my curtaines. Jeremiah 10:21 For the Pastours are become brutish, and haue not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flockes shall be scattered. Jeremiah 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the North countrey, to make the cities of Iudah desolate, [and] a denne of dragons.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himselfe: it [is] not in man that walketh, to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:24 O LORD, correct mee, but with iudgement, not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:25 Powre out thy fury vpon the heathen that know thee not, and vpon the families that call not on thy Name: for they haue eaten vp Iacob, and deuoured him, and consumed him, and haue made his habitation desolate.