Jeremiah

Jeremiah 10 ©

1The great disparity between God and idols. 17The prophet warneth to prepare for a removal out of the land: 19he lamenteth over the spoil and desolation of it: 23he prayeth God to correct his people with moderation, and to turn his fury upon the heathen that wasted them.

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HEAR ye athe word which the LORD speaketh unto you, bO house of Israel:

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Thus saith the LORD, cLearn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

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For the 1customs of the people are vain: for one dcutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

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They edeck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

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They are upright as the palm tree, fbut speak not: gthey must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; hfor they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

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*Forasmuch as there is inone like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

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jWho would not fear thee, O King of nations? 2for 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.

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But they are 3altogether kbrutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of *vanities.

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lSilver spread into plates is brought from mTarshish, and gold from nUphaz, 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.

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But othe LORD is the 4true God, he is the living God, and 5an everlasting king: pat his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

o 1Jn. 5.20. 2Ch. 15.3. Ps. 42.2; 36.9. Jn. 5.21,26. Ps. 10.16. 1Ti. 1.17; 6.15,16.
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Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even qthey shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

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He rhath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

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When he uttereth his voice, there is a 6multitude of waters in the heavens, and she causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings 7with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

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Every man tis 8brutish in his knowledge: every *founder is confounded by the graven image: ufor his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

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vThey are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

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The wportion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the xformer of all things; and Israel is ythe rod of his inheritance: zThe LORD of hosts is his name.

y De. 32.9. Ps. 74.2. Ex. 19.5,6. Ps. 135.4. Is. 47.4.
z ch. 31.35.
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aGather up thy wares out of the land, O 9inhabitant of the fortress.

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For thus saith the LORD, Behold, bI will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they cmay find it so.

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dWoe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I emust bear it.

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My f*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.

f ch. 4.20.
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For the gpastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

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Behold, hthe noise of the *bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the inorth country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of *dragons.

i ch. 1.13.
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¶O LORD, I know that the jway of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

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O LORD, kcorrect me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou 10bring me to nothing.

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lPour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for mthey have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.