The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which Yahweh hath spoken unto you, O house of Israel: Jeremiah 10:2 Thus, saith YahwehUnto the way of the nations, become not ye accustomed, Nor, at the signs of the heavens, be ye dismayed,Because the nations are dismayed at them. Jeremiah 10:3 For, as for the prescribed customs of the peoples, vanity, they are,For, a tree out of the forest, one cutteth down, Work for the hands of a skilled workman, with the axe: Jeremiah 10:4 With silver and with gold, he decketh it,With nails and with hammers, they fasten them, that it may not totter. Jeremiah 10:5 Mere palm-trunks turned, they are, and cannot speak, They must needs be, carried, for they cannot take a step, Be not afraid of them, for they cannot do harm, And, even to do good, is not in their power. Jeremiah 10:6 None, there is, like unto thee, O Yahweh,Great, art, thou, And, great, is, thy Name, for might. Jeremiah 10:7 Who, would not revere thee, O King of nations? For, thee, doth it beseem; Forasmuch as, among all the wise men of the nations, And throughout all their royal estate, None, there is, like unto thee. Jeremiah 10:8 But, at once, do they become brutish and stupid,An example of utmost vanity, is, a tree! Jeremiah 10:9 Silver spread into plates, from Tarshish, is brought, And gold, from Uphaz, Work for the craftsman, and for the hands of the smith,Blue and purple, is their clothing, Work for the skilled, are they all. Jeremiah 10:10 But, Yahweh, is God, in truth, He, is a God that, liveth, And a King of times age-abiding,At his anger, quaketh the earth, And nations cannot endure, his wrath. Jeremiah 10:11 Thus, shall ye say unto them, The gods that made not the heavens, And the earth, Shall perish out of the earth, And from under these heavens! Jeremiah 10:12 He that made the earth by his power, That established the world by his wisdom,And, by his understanding, stretched out the heavens, Jeremiah 10:13 At the voice that he uttered, there was a tumult of waters in the heavens, And he caused vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth,The lightnings for rain, he made, And brought forth wind out of his treasuries. Jeremiah 10:14 Every son of earth hath become too brutish, to discern, Every goldsmith, hath been put to shame, by a graven image,For, a falsehood, is his molten image, Seeing there is no breath in them. Jeremiah 10:15 Vanity, they are, the handiwork of mockeries,In the time of their visitation, shall they perish. Jeremiah 10:16 Not like these, is the portion of Jacob, For, the fashioner of all things, is, he, And, Israel, is his inherited sceptre,Yahweh of hosts, is his name.
The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.
Jeremiah 10:17 Fold up, from the ground, thy travelling carpet,O inhabitress of the fortress; Jeremiah 10:18 For, thus, saith Yahweh, Behold me! slinging out the inhabitants of the land at this throw,And I will distress them, that they may discover it.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Woe to me! for my grievous injury, Severe, is my wound,But, I, said, Verily, this, is an affliction, and I must bear it: Jeremiah 10:20 My tent, is laid waste, And, all my tent-cords, are broken,My children, are gone forth from me, and they, are not. There is none, To stretch out, any more, my tent, Or to set up my curtains. Jeremiah 10:21 For the shepherds, have become brutish, And, Yahweh, have they not sought,For this cause, have they not prospered, And, all their flock, is scattered. Jeremiah 10:22 The noise of a rumour! lo it hath come! Even a great commotion, out of the land of the North,To make the cities of Judah, A desolation, A den of jackals.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Yahweh, That, not to a son of earth, pertaineth his own path,Not, to the man who walketh, also to direct his own steps. Jeremiah 10:24 Chastise me, O Yahweh, But yet in measure,Not in thine anger, lest thou make me few. Jeremiah 10:25 Pour out thy wrathUpon the nations, that know thee not, and, Upon the families, that, upon thy Name, have not called,For they have devoured Jacob, Yea they have devoured him, and consumed him, And, his habitation, have they made desolate.