Jeremias 10

1 Hear what the LORD says to you, people of Israel.

2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations ¶ or be terrified by signs in the heavens, ¶ though the nations are terrified by them.

3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, ¶ and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails ¶ so it will not totter.

5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; ¶ they must be carried ¶ because they cannot walk. ¶ Do not fear them; ¶ they can do no harm ¶ nor can they do any good."

6 No one is like you, LORD; ¶ you are great, ¶ and your name is mighty in power.

7 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? ¶ This is your due. ¶ Among all the wise leaders of the nations ¶ and in all their kingdoms, ¶ there is no one like you.

8 They are all senseless and foolish; ¶ they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. ¶ What the craftsman and goldsmith have made ¶ is then dressed in blue and purple — ¶ all made by skilled workers.

10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. ¶ When he is angry, the earth trembles; ¶ the nations cannot endure his wrath.

11 "Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.'" [^1]

12 But God made the earth by his power; ¶ he founded the world by his wisdom ¶ and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

13 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. ¶ He sends lightning with the rain ¶ and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; ¶ every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. ¶ The images he makes are a fraud; ¶ they have no breath in them.

15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

16 He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, ¶ including Israel, the people of his inheritance — ¶ the LORD Almighty is his name.

17 Gather up your belongings to leave the land, ¶ you who live under siege.

18 For this is what the LORD says: "At this time I will hurl out ¶ those who live in this land; ¶ I will bring distress on them ¶ so that they may be captured."

19 Woe to me because of my injury! ¶ My wound is incurable! ¶ Yet I said to myself, ¶ "This is my sickness, and I must endure it."

20 My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. ¶ My children are gone from me and are no more; ¶ no one is left now to pitch my tent ¶ or to set up my shelter.

21 The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; ¶ so they do not prosper ¶ and all their flock is scattered.

22 Listen! The report is coming — a great commotion from the land of the north! ¶ It will make the towns of Judah desolate, ¶ a haunt of jackals.

23 LORD, I know that people's lives are not their own; ¶ it is not for them to direct their steps.

24 Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure — not in your anger, ¶ or you will reduce me to nothing.

25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, ¶ on the peoples who do not call on your name. ¶ For they have devoured Jacob; ¶ they have devoured him completely ¶ and destroyed his homeland.