Jeremiah 10

1Family of Israel, listen to the Lord! 2This is what the Lord says: “Don’t live like people from other nations. Don’t be afraid of special signs in the sky. The other nations are afraid of the things that they see in the sky. But you must not be afraid of those things. 3The customs of other people are worth nothing. Their idols are nothing but wood from the forest. Their idols are made by a worker with his chisel. 4They make their idols beautiful with silver and gold. They use hammers and nails to fasten their idols down, so they will not fall over. 5The idols of the other nations are like a scarecrow in a cucumber field. Those idols can’t walk. They can’t talk. And the people must carry them. So don’t be afraid of those idols. They can’t hurt you. And they can’t help you either!” 6Lord, there is no one like you! You are great! Your name is great and powerful! 7Every person should respect you, God. You are the King of all the nations. You deserve their respect. There are many wise men among the nations. But none of those people are as wise as you. 8All the people of the other nations are stupid and foolish. Their teachings come from worthless wooden statues. 9They use silver from the city of Tarshish and gold from the city of Uphaz and make their statues. Carpenters and metal-workers make those idols. They put blue and purple clothes on those idols. ”Wise men” make those “gods.” 10But the Lord is the only true God. He is the only God who is truly alive. He is the King that rules forever. The earth shakes when God is angry. The people of the nations can’t stop his anger. 11˻The Lord says,˼ “Tell this message to those people: 'Those false gods did not make heaven and earth. And those false gods will be destroyed and disappear from heaven and earth.’” 12God is the One who used his power and made the earth. God used his wisdom and built the world. With his understanding, God stretched out the sky ˻over the earth˼. 13God causes the loud thunder, and he causes great floods of water to fall from the sky. He makes clouds rise in the sky every place on earth. He sends lightning with the rain. He brings out the wind from his storehouses. 14People are so stupid! Metal workers are fooled by the idols that they themselves made. Those statues are nothing but lies. They are stupid. 15Those idols are worth nothing. They are something to make fun of. In the time of judgment, those idols will be destroyed. 16But Jacob’s God is not like those idols. God made everything. And Israel is the family that God chose to be his own people. God’s name is “Lord All-Powerful.” 17Get everything you own and prepare to leave. You people of Judah are caught in the city, and the enemy is all around it. 18The Lord says: “This time, I will throw the people of Judah out of this country. I will bring pain and trouble to them. I will do this so they will learn their lesson.” 19Oh, I ˻(Jeremiah)˼ am hurt badly. I am injured and I can’t be healed. Yet I told myself, ”This is my sickness, I must suffer through it.” 20My tent is ruined. All the tent’s ropes are broken. My children left me. They are gone. No person is left to put up my tent. No person is left to fix a shelter for me. 21The shepherds ˻(leaders)˼ are stupid. They don’t try to find the Lord. They are not wise, so their flocks ˻(people)˼ are scattered and lost. 22Listen! A loud noise! The loud noise is coming from the north. It will destroy the cities of Judah. Judah will become an empty desert. It will be a home for jackals. 23Lord, I know that a person does not really own his life. People don’t really know the right way to live. 24Lord, correct us! But be fair! Don’t punish us in anger! 25If you are angry, then punish the other nations. They don’t know or respect you. Those people don’t worship you. Those nations destroyed Jacob’s family. They destroyed Israel completely. They destroyed Israel’s homeland.

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