NASB — Jeremiah 10 — KJV

A Satire on Idolatry

1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the LORD,
  “aDo not learn the way of the nations,
  And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
  Although the nations are terrified by them;
  3 For the customs of the peoples are Iadelusion;
  Because bit is wood cut from the forest,
  The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
  4 “They adecorate [it] with silver and with gold;
  They bfasten it with nails and with hammers
  So that it will not totter.
  5 “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
  And they acannot speak;
  They must be bcarried,
  Because they cannot walk!
  Do not fear them,
  For they ccan do no harm,
  Nor can they do any good.”

[2] aLv 18:3; 20:23; Dt 12:30
[3] ILit vanity aJr 14:22 bIs 44:9-20
[4] aIs 40:19 bIs 40:20; 41:7
[5] aPs 115:5; Is 46:7; Jr 10:14; 1Co 12:2 bPs 115:7; Is 46:1, 7 cIs 41:23, 24

  6aThere is none like You, O LORD;
  You are bgreat, and great is Your name in might.
  7 aWho would not fear You, O bKing of the nations?
  Indeed it is Your due!
  For among all the cwise men of the nations
  And in all their kingdoms,
  There is none like You.
  8 But they are altogether astupid and foolish
  [In their] discipline of IdelusionIItheir idol is wood!
  9 Beaten asilver is brought from bTarshish,
  And cgold from Uphaz,
  The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith;
  Violet and purple are their clothing;
  They are all the dwork of skilled men.
  10 But the LORD is the atrue God;
  He is the bliving God and the ceverlasting King.
  At His wrath the dearth quakes,
  And the nations cannot eendure His indignation.

[6] aEx 15:11; Dt 33:26; Ps 86:8, 10; Jr 10:16 bPs 48:1; 96:4; Is 12:6; Jr 32:18
[7] aRv 15:4 bPs 22:28 cDn 2:27, 28; 1Co 1:19, 20
[8] ILit vanities, or idols IILit it is aJr 4:22; 5:4; 10:14
[9] aIs 40:19 bPs 72:10; Is 23:6 cDn 10:5 dPs 115:4
[10] aIs 65:16 bJr 4:2 cPs 10:16; 29:10 dJr 4:24; 50:46 ePs 76:7

11IThus you shall say to them, “The agods that did not make the heavens and the earth will bperish from the earth and from under the IIheavens.”

[11] IThis verse is in Aram IIOr these heavens aPs 96:5 bIs 2:18; Zp 2:11

  12 ¶ [It is] aHe who made the earth by His power,
  Who bestablished the world by His wisdom;
  And by His understanding He has cstretched out the heavens.
  13 When He utters His avoice, [there is] a tumult of waters in the heavens,
  And He causes the bclouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
  He makes lightning for the rain,
  And brings out the cwind from His storehouses.
  14 Every man is astupid, devoid of knowledge;
  Every goldsmith is put to shame by his Iidols;
  For his molten images are deceitful,
  And there is no breath in them.
  15 They are aworthless, a work of mockery;
  In the btime of their punishment they will perish.
  16 The aportion of Jacob is not like these;
  For the IbMaker of all is He,
  And cIsrael is the tribe of His inheritance;
  The dLORD of hosts is His name.

[12] aGn 1:1, 6; Jb 38:4-7; Ps 136:5; 148:4, 5; Jr 51:15, 19 bPs 78:69; Is 45:18 cJb 9:8; Is 40:22
[13] aPs 29:3-9 bJb 36:27-29 cPs 135:7
[14] IOr graven image aJr 10:8; 51:17, 18
[15] aIs 41:24; Jr 8:19; 14:22 bJr 8:12; 51:18
[16] ILit Fashioner aPs 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; Jr 51:19; Lm 3:24 bIs 45:7; Jr 10:12 cDt 32:9; Ps 74:2 dJr 31:35; 32:18

  17aPick up your bundle from the ground,
  You who dwell under siege!
18 For thus says the LORD,
  “Behold, I am aslinging out the inhabitants of the land
  At this time,
  And will cause them distress,
  That they may Ibe found.”

[17] aEzk 12:3-12
[18] ILit find a1S 25:29

  19aWoe is me, because of my Iinjury!
  My bwound is incurable.
  But I said, “Truly this is a sickness,
  And I cmust bear it.”
  20 My atent is destroyed,
  And all my ropes are broken;
  My bsons have gone from me and are no more.
  There is cno one to stretch out my tent again
  Or to set up my curtains.
  21 For the shepherds have become stupid
  And ahave not sought the LORD;
  Therefore they have not prospered,
  And ball their flock is scattered.
  22 The sound of a areport! Behold, it comes
  A great commotion bout of the land of the north
  To cmake the cities of Judah
  A desolation, a haunt of jackals.

[19] ILit breaking aJr 4:31 bJr 14:17 cMi 7:9
[20] aJr 4:20; Lm 2:4 bJr 31:15; Lm 1:5 cIs 51:18
[21] aJr 2:8 bJr 23:2
[22] aJr 4:15 bJr 1:14; 25:9 cJr 9:11; 49:33

  23 ¶ I know, O LORD, that aa man’s way is not in himself,
  bNor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
  24 aCorrect me, O LORD, but with justice;
  Not with Your anger, or You will Ibring me to nothing.
  25 aPour out Your wrath on the nations that bdo not know You
  And on the families that cdo not call Your name;
  For they have devoured Jacob;
  They have ddevoured him and consumed him
  And have laid waste his Ihabitation.

[23] aPv 16:1; 20:24 bIs 26:7
[24] ILit diminish me aPs 6:1; 38:1
[25] IOr pasture aPs 79:6, 7; Zp 3:8 bJb 18:21; 1Th 4:5; 2Th 1:8 cZp 1:6 dJr 8:16; 50:7, 17


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The unequal comparison of God and idols.

1 ¶ Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They [are] upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also [is it] in them to do good. 6 Forasmuch as [there is] none like unto thee, O LORD; thou [art] great, and thy name [is] great in might. 7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise [men] of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, [there is] none like unto thee. 8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock [is] a doctrine of vanities. 9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple [is] their clothing: they [are] all the work of cunning [men]. 10 But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. 11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, [even] they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. 12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. 13 When he uttereth his voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. 14 Every man is brutish in [his] knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image [is] falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them. 15 They [are] vanity, [and] the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. 16 The portion of Jacob [is] not like them: for he [is] the former of all [things]; and Israel [is] the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts [is] his name.

[1] 1K 22:19; Ps 50:7; Is 1:10; 28:14; Jr 2:4; 13:15; 22:2; 42:15; Ho 4:1; Am 7:16; 1Th 2:13; Rv 2:29.
[2] Lv 18:3; 20:23; Dt 12:30; Is 47:12; Ezk 20:32; Lk 21:25.
[3] Lv 18:30; 1K 18:26; Is 40:19; 44:9; 45:20; Jr 2:5; 10:8; Ho 8:4; Hab 2:18; Mt 6:7; Ro 1:21; 1P 1:18.
[4] Ps 115:4; 135:15; Is 40:19; 41:6; 44:12; 46:7.
[5] Ps 115:5; 135:16; Is 41:23; 44:9; 45:20; 46:1, 7; Hab 2:19; 1Co 8:4; 12:2; Rv 13:14.
[6] Ex 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; Dt 32:31; 33:26; 2S 7:22; Ne 4:14; 9:32; Ps 35:10; 48:1; 86:8; 89:6; 96:4; 145:3; 147:5; Is 12:6; 40:18, 25; 46:5, 9; Jr 32:18; Dn 4:3, 34; Mal 1:11.
[7] Jb 37:23; Ps 22:28; 72:11; 76:7; 86:9; 89:6; Is 2:4; Jr 5:22; 10:6; Zc 2:11; Lk 12:5; 1Co 1:19; Rv 11:15; 15:4.
[8] Ps 115:8; 135:18; Is 41:29; 44:19; Jr 2:27; 10:14; 51:17; Ho 4:12; Hab 2:18; Zc 10:2; Ro 1:21.
[9] 1K 10:22; Ps 115:4; Jr 10:4; Ezk 27:12; Dn 10:5.
[10] Dt 5:26; 32:4; Jg 5:4; 1S 17:26, 36; 1K 18:39; 2Ch 15:3; Jb 9:6; Ps 10:16; 18:7; 31:5; 42:2; 68:11; 76:7; 77:18; 84:2; 90:11; 93:2; 97:4; 100:5; 104:32; 114:7; 145:13; 146:6; Is 37:4, 17; 57:15; Jr 23:36; Dn 4:3, 34; 6:26; 7:14; Jol 2:11; Mi 1:4; Na 1:6; Hab 3:6, 10; Mal 3:2; Mt 16:16; 26:63; 27:51; Jn 17:3; Ac 14:15; 1Th 1:9; 1Ti 1:17; 6:17; He 10:31; 1Jn 5:20; Rv 20:11.
[11] Ps 96:5; Is 2:18; Jr 10:15; 51:18; Lm 3:66; Zp 2:11; Zc 13:2; Rv 20:2.
[12] Gn 1:1, 6; Jb 9:8; 26:7; 38:4; Ps 24:2; 33:6; 78:69; 93:1; 104:2, 24; 119:90; 136:5; 146:5; 148:4; Pv 3:19; 30:4; Is 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12, 18; 48:13; 49:8; Jr 32:17; 51:15; Zc 12:1; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16.
[13] Ex 9:23; 1S 12:17; 1K 18:41, 45; Jb 36:27; 37:2; 38:22, 25, 34; Ps 18:13; 29:3; 68:33; 135:7, 17; 147:8; Zc 10:1.
[14] Ps 14:2; 92:6; 94:8; 97:7; 115:4; 135:16; Pv 30:2; Is 42:17; 44:11, 18; 45:16; 46:7; Jr 10:8; 51:17; Hab 2:18; Ro 1:22.
[15] Dt 32:21; 1S 12:21; Is 2:18; 41:24, 29; Jr 8:12, 19; 10:8, 11; 14:22; 51:18; Jna 2:8; Zp 1:3; Zc 13:2; Ac 14:15.
[16] Ex 19:5; Dt 32:9; Ps 16:5; 73:26; 74:2; 119:57; 135:4; 142:5; Pv 16:4; Is 45:7; 47:4, 6; 51:15; 54:5; Jr 10:12; 31:35; 32:18; 50:34; 51:19; Lm 3:24.

The prophet exhorteth to flee from the calamity to come.

17 ¶ Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress. 18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find [it so].

[17] Jr 6:1; 21:13; Ezk 12:3; Mi 2:10; Mt 24:15.
[18] Dt 28:63; 1S 25:29; Jr 15:1; 16:13; 23:20; Ezk 6:10; Zc 1:6.

He lamenteth the spoil of the Tabernacle by foolish pastors.

19 ¶ Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this [is] a grief, and I must bear it. 20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. 21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. 22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, [and] a den of dragons.

[19] Ps 39:9; 77:10; Is 8:17; Jr 4:19, 31; 8:21; 9:1; 17:13; Lm 1:2, 12; 2:11; 3:18, 39, 48; Mi 7:9.
[20] Jb 7:8; Pv 12:7; Is 49:20; 51:16; 54:2; Jr 4:20; 31:15; Lm 2:4.
[21] Is 56:10; Jr 2:8; 5:31; 8:9; 10:8, 14; 12:10; 23:1, 9; 49:32; 50:17; Ezk 22:25; 34:2, 5, 12; Zc 10:3; 13:7; Jn 10:12.
[22] Jr 1:15; 4:6; 5:15; 6:1, 22; 9:11; Hab 1:6; Mal 1:3.

He maketh an humble supplication.

23 ¶ O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. 25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.

[23] Ps 17:5; 37:23; 119:116; Pv 16:1; 20:24.
[24] Jb 6:18; Ps 6:1; 38:1; Is 40:23; 41:11; Jr 30:11; Hab 3:2.
[25] Jb 18:21; Ps 14:4; 27:2; 79:6; Is 43:22; 64:7; Jr 8:16; 50:7, 17; 51:34; Lm 2:22; Ezk 25:6; 35:5; Ob 1:10; Zp 1:6; Zc 1:15; Jn 17:25; Ac 17:23; 1Co 15:34; 1Th 4:5; 2Th 1:8.


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