The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Heare the worde of the LORDE, yt he speaketh vnto the, o thou house of Israel: Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saieth the LORDE: Ye shal not lerne after the maner of the Heithe, and ye shal not be afrayed for the tokens of heauen: for the Heithen are afrayed of soch: Jeremiah 10:3 Yee all the customes and lawes of the Getiles are nothinge, but vanite. They hewe downe a tre in the wod with the hondes of the worke man, and fashion it with the axe: Jeremiah 10:4 they couer it ouer with golde or syluer, they fasten it wt nales and hammers, that it moue not. Jeremiah 10:5 It stodeth as stiff as the palme tre, it can nether speake ner go, but must be borne. Be not ye afrayed of soch, for they ca do nether good ner euel. Jeremiah 10:6 But there is none like vnto ye (o LORDE) thou art greate, and greate is the name of yi power. Jeremiah 10:7 Who wolde not feare the? or what kige of the Gentiles wolde not obeye the? For amonge all the wysemen of the Gentiles, and in all their kingdomes, there is none, that maye be lickened vnto the. Jeremiah 10:8 They are all together vnlerned and vnwise, All their connynge is but vanite: Jeremiah 10:9 namely, wod, syluer, which is brought out of Tharsis, and beate to plates: and golde from Ophir, a worke yt is made with the honde of the craftesman & the caster, clothed with yalow sylck and scarlet: euen so is the worke of their wyse men all together. Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORDE is a true God, a lyuinge God, and an euerlastinge kinge. Yf he be wroth, the earth shaketh: all the Getiles maye not abyde his indignacion. Jeremiah 10:11 As for their goddes, it maye well be sayde of the: they are goddes, that made nether heaue ner earth: therfore shal they perish fro the earth, and from all thinges vnder heauen. Jeremiah 10:12 But (as for oure God) he made the earth with his power, and with his wisdome hath he fynished the whole compasse of the worlde, with his discrecion hath he spred out the heauens, Jeremiah 10:13 At his voyce the waters gather together in the ayre, he draweth vp ye cloudes from the vttemost partes of ye earth: he turneth lighteninge to rayne, and brigeth forth the wyndes out of their treasuries: Jeremiah 10:14 His wisdome maketh all men fooles. And confunded be all casters of ymages, for that they cast, is but a vayne thinge, and hath no life. Jeremiah 10:15 The vayne craftes men with their workes, that they in their vanite haue made, shall perish one with another in the tyme of visitacion. Jeremiah 10:16 Neuertheles, Iacobs porcio is not soch: but it is he, that hath made all thinges, and Israel is the rodd of his inheritauce: The LORDE of hoostes is his name.
The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.
Jeremiah 10:17 Put awaye thy vnclennesse out of the londe, thou that art in the stronge cities. Jeremiah 10:18 For thus saieth the LORDE: Beholde, I wil now thrust out the inhatours of this londe a greate waye off, and trouble them of soch a fashio, that they shal no more be founde.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Alas, how am I hurte? Alas, how panefull are my scourges vnto me? For I cosidre this sorow by my self, & I must suffre it, Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is destroyed, and all my coardes are broken. My children are gone fro me, ad can no where be founde. Now haue I none to sprede out my tente, or to set vp my hanginges. Jeremiah 10:21 For the hyrdmen haue done folishly, that they haue not sought the LORDE. Therfore haue they dealt vnwisely with their catell, & all are scatred abrode. Jeremiah 10:22 Beholde, the noyse is harde at honde, and greate sedicio out of the north: to make the cities of Iuda a wyldernesse, and a dwellinge place for Dragons.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 Now I knowe (o LORDE) that is not in mas power to ordre his owne waies, or to rule his owne steppes & goinges. Jeremiah 10:24 Therfore chaste thou vs (o LORDE) but with fauoure, and not in thy wrath, bringe vs not vtterly to naught. Jeremiah 10:25 Poure out thy indignacion rather vpon the Getiles, that knowe ye not, and vpon the people that call not on thy name: And that because they haue consumed, deuoured and destroyed Iacob, and haue roted out his glory.