The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Heare the worde of the Lorde that he speaketh vnto the, O þu house of Israel. Jeremiah 10:2 Thus sayeth þe Lorde. Ye shall not lerne after þe maner of þe Heathen, & ye shall not be afrayed for þe tokens of heauen: for þe Heathen are afrayed of soch: Jeremiah 10:3 yee, al þe customes and lawes of the Gentyles are nothynge, but vanyte. They hewe downe a tree in þe wod with þe handes of þe worckeman, and fashyon it wt the axe: Jeremiah 10:4 they couer it ouer with golde or siluer, they fasten it with nayles & hammers, that it moue not. Jeremiah 10:5 It standeth as styf as þe palme tree, it can nether speake ner go one fote, but must be borne. Be not ye afrayed of soch, for they can do nether good ner euell. Jeremiah 10:6 But there is none lyke vnto þe, O Lorde, & great is the name of thy power. Jeremiah 10:7 Who wolde not feare the? O kyng of the Gentils for thyne is the domynion. For amonge all þe wyse men of the Gentyles, and in all theyr kyngdomes, there is none þt maye be lickened vnto þe. Jeremiah 10:8 They are all together vnlerned & vnwyse in this one thynge. All theyr connynge is but vanyte: Jeremiah 10:9 namely, wod, syluer, which is brought out of Tharsis, & beaten to plates: and golde from Ophir, a worcke þt is made with the hande of þe craftesman & the caster, clothed wt yelow sylck & scarlet: euen so is the worcke of theyr wyse men all together. Jeremiah 10:10 But þe Lorde is a true God, a lyuynge God, & an euerlastynge kynge. If he be wroth, the earth shaketh: all the Gentyles maye not abyde his indygnacyon. Jeremiah 10:11 As for theyr goddes thus shall you saye to them: they are goddes, that made nether heauen ner earth therfore shall they perysh from the earth, and from all thynges vnder heauen. Jeremiah 10:12 But (as for oure God) He made þe earth wt his power, and with his wysdome doth he order þe whole compasse of þe worlde, with his discrecyon hath he spred out þe heauens. Jeremiah 10:13 At his voyce þe waters gather togethe in þe ayre, he draweth vp þe cloudes from the vttemost partes of þe earth: he turneth lyghtenyng to rayne, & bryngeth forth the wyndes out of their treasures. Jeremiah 10:14 His wysdome maketh all men fooles. And confounded be all casters of ymages, for þt they cast, is but a vayne thynge, & hath no lyfe. Jeremiah 10:15 The vayne craftesmen wt their worckes, þt they in their vanyte haue made, shall perysh one wt another in þe tyme of visitacyon. Jeremiah 10:16 Neuertheles, Iacobs porcyon is no soch: but it is he, þt hath made all thynges, & Israel is þe rodd of his inherytaunce. 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, þu that art in þe stronge place. Jeremiah 10:18 For thus sayeth þe Lord. Behold, I wyll now throwe as wt a stone slynge þe inhabitours of this lande: at this once, and I wyll brynge trouble vpon them, that they shall proue trewe the wordes þt I haue spoken by the prophetes.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Alas, how am I hurt? Alas how paynefull are my scourges vnto me? For I consydre this sorow by my self, and I must suffre it. Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is destroyed, and all my coardes are broken. My chyldren are gone fro me, & can no where be founde. Now haue I none to sprede out my tent, or to set vp my hangynges. Jeremiah 10:21 For þe herdmen haue done folyshly, that they haue not sought þe Lord. Therfore, haue they dealt vnwysely with theyr catell, & all are scatred abrode. Jeremiah 10:22 Beholde, þe noyse is harde at hand, & great sedicyon out of þe north: to make the cyties of Iuda a wyldernes, & a dwellynge place for Dragons.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 Now I knowe (O Lorde) þt it is not in mans power to ordre hys awne wayes, or to rule his awne steppes & goyngges. Jeremiah 10:24 Therfore, chasten thou vs, o Lord, but with fauoure & not in thy wrath, bryng vs not vtterly to naught. Jeremiah 10:25 Poure out thyne indygnacyon rather vpon the Gentiles, that knowe þe not, & vpon the people þt call not on thy name. And that because they haue consumed, deuoured and destroyed Iacob, and haue made his habytacyon waist.