False Gods Contrasted with the Creator 10 1Hear the word that the Lord has spoken to[T] you, house of Israel. 2This is what the Lord says:   Do not learn the way of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, although the nations are terrified by them, 3for the customs of the peoples are worthless. Someone cuts down a tree from the forest; it is worked by the hands of a craftsman with a chisel. 4He decorates it with silver and gold. It is fastened with hammer and nails, so it won’t totter. 5Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them for they can do no harm— and they cannot do any good.   6Yahweh, there is no one like You. You are great; Your name is great in power. 7Who should not fear You, King of the nations? It is what You deserve. For among all the wise people of the nations and among all their kingdoms, there is no one like You. 8They are both stupid and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood! 9Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz[U] from the hands of a goldsmith, the work of a craftsman. Their clothing is blue and purple, all the work of skilled artisans. 10But Yahweh is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at His wrath, and the nations cannot endure His rage.   11You are to say this to them, “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”[V]   12He made the earth by His power, established the world by His wisdom, and spread out the heavens by His understanding. 13When He thunders,[W] the waters in the heavens are in turmoil, and He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses.   14Everyone is stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith is put to shame by his carved image, for his cast images are a lie; there is no breath in them. 15They are worthless, a work to be mocked. At the time of their punishment they will be destroyed. 16Jacob’s Portion[X] is not like these because He is the One who formed all things. Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; Yahweh of Hosts is His name.   Exile After the Siege   17Gather up your belongings[Y] from the ground, you who live under siege.   18For this is what the Lord says:   Look, I am slinging out the land’s residents at this time and bringing them such distress that they will feel it.     Jeremiah Grieves   19Woe to me because of my brokenness— I am severely wounded! I exclaimed, “This is my intense suffering, but I must bear it.” 20My tent is destroyed; all my tent cords are snapped. My sons have departed from me and are no more. I have no one to pitch my tent again or to hang up my curtains. 21For the shepherds are stupid: they don’t seek the Lord. Therefore they have not prospered, and their whole flock is scattered. 22Listen! A noise—it is coming— a great commotion from the land to the north. The cities of Judah will be made desolate, a jackals’ den.   23I know, Lord, that a man’s way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps. 24Discipline me, Lord, but with justice— not in Your anger, or You will reduce me to nothing. 25Pour out Your wrath on the nations that don’t recognize You and on the families that don’t call on Your name, for they have consumed Jacob; they have consumed him and finished him off and made his homeland desolate.
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