The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning you, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the Lord: Learn not according to the ways of the Gentiles: and be not afraid of the signs of heaven, which the heathens fear: Jeremiah 10:3 For the laws of the people are vain: for the works of the hand of the workman hath cut a tree out of the forest with an axe. Jeremiah 10:4 He hath decked it with silver and gold: he hath put it together with nails and hammers, that it may not fall asunder. Jeremiah 10:5 They are framed after the likeness of a palm tree, and shall not speak: they must be carried to be removed, because they cannot go. Therefore fear them not, for they can neither do evil nor good. Jeremiah 10:6 There is none like to thee, O Lord: thou art great, and great is thy name in might. Jeremiah 10:7 Who shall not fear thee, O king of nations? for thine is the glory: among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms there is none like unto thee. Jeremiah 10:8 They shall be all proved together to be senseless and foolish: the doctrine of their vanity is wood. Jeremiah 10:9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tharsis, and gold from Ophaz: the work of the artificer, and of the hand of the coppersmith: violet and purple is their clothing: all these things are the work of artificers. Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God: he is the living God, and the everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his threatening. Jeremiah 10:11 Thus then shall you say to them: The gods that have not made heaven and earth, let them perish from the earth, and from among those places that are under heaven. Jeremiah 10:12 He that maketh the earth by his power, that prepareth the world by his wisdom, and stretcheth out the heavens by his knowledge. Jeremiah 10:13 At his voice he giveth a multitude of waters in the heaven, and lifteth up the clouds from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings for rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is become a fool for knowledge, every artist is confounded in his graven idol: for what he hath cast is false, and there is no spirit in them. Jeremiah 10:15 They are vain things, and a ridiculous work: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like these: for it is he who formed all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the Lord of hosts is his name.
The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.
Jeremiah 10:17 Gather up thy shame out of the land, thou that dwellest in a siege. Jeremiah 10:18 For thus saith he Lord: Behold I will cast away far off the inhabitants of the land at this time: and I will afflict them, so that they may be found.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Woe is me for my destruction, my wound is very grievous. But I said: Truly this is my own evil, and I will bear it. Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is laid waste, all my cords are broken: my children are gone out from me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. Jeremiah 10:21 Because the pastors have done foolishly, and have not sought the Lord: therefore have they not understood, and all their flock is scattered. Jeremiah 10:22 Behold the sound of a noise cometh, a great commotion out of the land of the north: to make the cities of Juda a desert, and a dwelling for dragons.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Lord, that the way of a man is not his: neither is it in a man to walk, and to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:24 Correct me, O Lord, but yet with judgment: and not in thy fury, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:25 Pour out thy indignation upon the nations that have not known thee, and upon the provinces that have not called upon thy name: because they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have destroyed his glory.