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Jeremiah 10
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A Satire on Idolatry

10HEAR THE word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.H8085H1697H3068H1696H1004H3478 2Thus says the Lord: Learn not the way of the [heathen] nations and be not dismayed at the signs of the heavens, though they are dismayed at them,H559H3068H3925H1870H1471H2865H226H8064H1471H2865H1992 3For the customs {and} ordinances of the peoples are false, empty, {and} futile; it is but a tree which one cuts out of the forest [to make for himself a god], the work of the hands of the craftsman with the ax {or} other tool.H2708H5971H1892H3772H6086H3293H4639H3027H2796H4621 4They deck [the idol] with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so it will not fall apart {or} move around.H3302H3701H2091H2388H4548H4717H6328 5[Their idols] are like pillars of turned work [as upright and stationary and immobile as a palm tree], like scarecrows in a cucumber field; they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it possible for them to do good [and it is not in them].H4749H8560H1696H5375H5375H6805H3372H7489H3190 6None at all is like You, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is great in might.H3068H1419H8034H1419H1369 7Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For it is fitting to You {and} Your due! For among all the wise [men or gods] of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.H3372H4428H1471H2969H2450H1471H4438 8But they are altogether irrational {and} stupid and foolish. Their instruction is given by idols who are but wood [it is a teaching of falsity, emptiness, futility]!H259H1197H3688H6086H4148H1892 9Silver beaten [into plates] is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz, the work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith; the [idols'] clothing is violet and purple--they are all the work of skillful men.H3701H7554H935H8659H2091H210H4639H2796H3027H6884H8504H713H3830H4639H2450 10But the Lord is the true God {and} the God of truth (the God Who is Truth). He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations are not able to bear His indignation.H3068H571H430H2416H430H5769H4428H7110H776H7493H1471H3557H2195 11Thus shall you say to them: The gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.H1836H560H426H3809H5648H8065H778H7H772H8460H429H8065 12God made the earth by His power; He established the world by His wisdom and by His understanding {and} skill stretched out the heavens.H6213H776H3581H3559H8398H2451H5186H8064H8394 13When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind out from His treasuries {and} from His storehouses.H5414H6963H1995H4325H8064H5387H5927H7097H776H6213H1300H4306H3318H7307H214 14Every man has become like a brute, irrational {and} stupid, without knowledge [of God]; every goldsmith is brought to shame by his graven idols; for his molten images are frauds {and} falsehood, and there is no breath in them.H120H1197H1847H6884H3001H6459H5262H8267H7307 15They are devoid of worth, usefulness, {or} truth, a work of delusion {and} mockery; in their time of trial {and} punishment they shall [helplessly] perish.H1892H4639H8595H6256H6486H6 16The Portion of Jacob [the true God on Whom Israel has a claim] is not like these, for He is the Fashioner {and} Maker of all things, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance--the Lord of hosts is His name.H2506H3290H3335H3478H7626H5159H3068H6635H8034 17Gather up your bundle [of baggage] from the ground, O you who dwell under siege.H622H3666H776H3427H4692 18For thus says the Lord: Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time and will bring distress on them, that they may feel it {and} find it [to be as I have said, and turn to Me].H559H3068H7049H3427H776H6471H6887H4672 19Woe is me because of my hurt! [says Jeremiah, speaking for the nation.] My wound is grievous {and} incurable. But I said, Surely this sickness {and} suffering {and} grief are mine, and I must endure, tolerate, {and} bear them.H188H7667H4347H2470H559H389H2483H5375 20My tent (home) is taken by force {and} plundered, and all my [tent] cords are broken. My children have gone forth [as captives] from me, and they are no more; there is no one to stretch forth my tent any more and to set up my [tent] curtains.H168H7703H4340H5423H1121H3318H5186H168H6965H3407 21For the shepherds [of the people] have become like brutes, irrational {and} stupid, and have not sought the Lord {or} inquired of Him {or} required Him [by necessity and by right of His word]. Therefore they have not dealt prudently {and} have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.H7462H1197H1875H3068H7919H4830H6327 22Hark, the sound of a rumor! [The invading army] comes!--a great commotion out of the north country--to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a dwelling place of jackals.H6963H8052H935H1419H7494H6828H776H7760H5892H3063H8077H4583H8577 23O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps.H3068H3045H1870H120H376H1980H3559H6806 24O Lord, correct, instruct, {and} chastise me, but with judgment {and} in just measure--not in Your anger, lest You diminish me {and} bring me to nothing.H3068H3256H4941H639H4591 25Pour out Your wrath upon the nations that do not know {or} recognize You and upon the peoples that do not call upon Your name. For they have devoured Jacob, yes, devoured him and consumed him and made his habitation a desolate waste.H8210H2534H1471H3045H4940H7121H8034H398H3290H398H3615H5116H8074


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