The unequal comparison of God and idols.
Jeremiah 10:1 The hous of Israel, here ye the word which the Lord spak on you. Jeremiah 10:2 The Lord seith these thingis, Nyle ye lerne aftir the weies of hethene men, and nyle ye drede of the signes of heuene, whiche signes hethene men dreden. Jeremiah 10:3 For the lawis of puplis ben veyn, for whi the werk of hondis of a crafti man hath kit doun with an axe a tre of the forest. Jeremiah 10:4 He made it fair with siluer and gold; with naylis and hameris he ioynede it togidere, that it be not loosid. Jeremiah 10:5 Idols ben maad in the licnesse of a palm tree, and schulen not speke; tho schulen be takun and be borun, for tho moun not go; therfor nyle ye drede tho, for tho moun nether do yuel, nethir wel. Jeremiah 10:6 Lord, noon is lijk thee; thou art greet, and thi name is greet in strengthe. Jeremiah 10:7 A! thou king of folkis, who schal not drede thee? for whi onour is thin among alle wise men of hethene men, and in alle the rewmes of hem noon is lijk thee. Jeremiah 10:8 Thei schulen be preued, vnwise and foolis togidere; the techyng of her vanyte is a tre. Jeremiah 10:9 Siluer wlappid is brouyt fro Tharsis, and gold fro Ophaz; it is the werk of a crafti man, and of the hond of a worchere in metel; iacynct and purpur ben the clothing of tho; alle these thingis ben the werk of werk men. Jeremiah 10:10 Forsothe the Lord is veri God; he is God lyuynge, and a kyng euerlastynge; the erthe schal be mouyd togidere of his indignacioun, and hethene men schulen not suffre the manaassing of hym. Jeremiah 10:11 Therfor thus ye schulen seie to hem, Goddis that maden not heuene and erthe, perische fro erthe, and fro these thingis that ben vndur heuene. Jeremiah 10:12 He is God, that makith the erthe in his strengthe, makith redi the world in his wisdom, and stretchith forth heuenes bi his prudence. Jeremiah 10:13 At his vois he yyueth the multitude of watris in heuene, and he reisith mystis fro the endis of erthe; he makith leitis into reyn, and ledith out wynd of his tresouris. Jeremiah 10:14 Ech man is maad a fool of kunnyng, ech crafti man is schent in a grauun ymage; for whi that that he wellide togidere is fals, and no spirit is in tho. Jeremiah 10:15 Tho ben veyn, and a werk worthi of scorn; tho schulen perische in the tyme of her visitacioun. Jeremiah 10:16 The part of Jacob is not lijk these, for he that formede alle thingis is God of Jacob, and Israel is the yerde of his eritage; the Lord of oostis is name to hym.
The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.
Jeremiah 10:17 Thou that dwellist in bisegyng, gadere fro the lond thi schenschipe; Jeremiah 10:18 for the Lord seith these thingis, Lo! Y schal caste awei fer the dwelleris of the loond in this while; and Y schal yyue tribulacioun to hem, so that thei be not foundun.
He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.
Jeremiah 10:19 Wo to me on my sorewe, my wounde is ful yuel; forsothe Y seide, Pleynli this is my sikenesse, and Y schal bere it. Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is distried, alle my roopis ben brokun; my sones yeden out fro me, and ben not; noon is that schal stretche forth more my tente, and schal reyse my skynnes. Jeremiah 10:21 For the scheepherdis diden folili, and souyten not the Lord; therfor thei vndurstoden not, and alle the flok of hem is scaterid. Jeremiah 10:22 Lo! the vois of hering cometh, and a greet mouynge togidere fro the lond of the north, that it sette the citees of Juda in to wildirnesse, and a dwellynge place of dragouns.
He maketh an humble supplication.
Jeremiah 10:23 Lord, Y woot, that the weie of a man is not of hym, nether it is of a man that he go, and dresse hise steppis. Jeremiah 10:24 Lord, chastise thou me; netheles in doom and not in thi strong veniaunce, lest perauenture thou dryue me to nouyt. Jeremiah 10:25 Schede out thin indignacioun on hethene men that knewen not thee, and on prouynces that clepiden not thi name to help; for thei eeten Jacob, and deuouriden hym, and wastiden hym, and destrieden the onour of hym.