The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Heare ye the worde of the Lord that he speaketh vnto you, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the Lorde, Learne not the way of the heathen, & be not afraid for the signes of heauen, though the heathen be afraid of such. Jeremiah 10:3 For the customes of the people are vaine: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest (which is the worke of the handes of the carpenter) with the axe, Jeremiah 10:4 And another decketh it with siluer, and with golde: they fasten it with nailes, and hammers, that it fall not. Jeremiah 10:5 The idoles stande vp as the palme tree, but speake not: they are borne because they cannot go feare them not, for they cannot do euill, neither can they do good. Jeremiah 10:6 There is none like vnto thee, O Lorde: thou art great, and thy name is great in power. Jeremiah 10:7 Who would not feare thee, O King of nations? For to thee appertaineth the dominion: for among all the wise men of the Gentiles, and in al their kingdomes there is none like thee. Jeremiah 10:8 But, altogether they dote, and are foolish: for the stocke is a doctrine of vanitie. Jeremiah 10:9 Siluer plates are brought from Tarshish, & golde from Vphaz, for the worke of the workeman, and the handes of the founder: the blewe silke, and the purple is their clothing: all these things are made by cunning men. Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the God of trueth: he is the liuing God, and an euerlasting King: at his anger the earth shal tremble, and the nations cannot abide his wrath. Jeremiah 10:11 (Thus shall you say vnto them, The gods that haue not made the heauens and the earth, shall perish from the earth, and from vnder these heauens) Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, and established the worlde by his wisedome, and hath stretched out the heauen by his discretion. Jeremiah 10:13 Hee giueth by his voyce the multitude of waters in the heauen, and he causeth the cloudes to ascend from the endes of the earth: he turneth lightnings to rayne, and bringeth forth the winde out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:14 Euery man is a beast by his owne knowledge: euery founder is confounded by the grauen image: for his melting is but falsehood, and there is no breath therein. Jeremiah 10:15 They are vanitie, and the worke of errours: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Iaakob is not like them: for he is the maker of all things, and Israel is the rodde of his inheritance: the Lorde 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 thou that dwellest in the strong place. Jeremiah 10:18 For thus sayth the Lorde, Beholde, at this time I will throwe as with a sling the inhabitants of the lande, and will trouble them, and they shal finde it so.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Wo is me for my destruction, and my grieuous plague: but I thought, Yet it is my sorow, and I will beare it. Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is destroyed, and all my coardes are broken: my children are gone from me, and are not: there is none to spread out my tent any more, and to set vp my curtaines. Jeremiah 10:21 For the Pastours are become beasts, and haue not sought the Lorde: therefore haue they none vnderstanding: and all the flockes of their pastures are scattered. Jeremiah 10:22 Beholde, the noyse of the brute is come, & 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 knowe, that the way of man is not in himselfe, neyther is it in man to walke and to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:24 O Lorde, correct mee, but with iudgement, not in thine anger, least thou bring mee to nothing. Jeremiah 10:25 Powre out thy wrath vpon the heathen, that knowe thee not, and vpon the families that call not on thy Name: for they haue eaten vp Iaakob and deuoured him & consumed him, & haue made his habitation desolate.