Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic
Idols and the True God
Jeremiah 10:1 Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus says the Lord:
“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
Jeremiah 10:3 For the customs of the peoples are futile (Lit. vanity);
For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
Jeremiah 10:4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
They fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.
Jeremiah 10:5 They are upright, like a palm tree,
And they cannot speak;
They must be carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”
Jeremiah 10:6 Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
Jeremiah 10:7 Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due.
For among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
Jeremiah 10:8 But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish;
A wooden idol is a worthless (vain teaching) doctrine.
Jeremiah 10:9 Silver is beaten into plates;
It is brought from Tarshish,
And gold from Uphaz,
The work of the craftsman
And of the hands of the metalsmith;
Blue and purple are their clothing;
They are all the work of skillful men.
Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
- The living God is ALSO the everlasting King. Since Jesus is set as the King of kings, then He is ALSO God.
- The time of His indignation is the seven year tribulation. (say more)
Jeremiah 10:11 Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by His power,
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
- Jesus is the creator
- Hebrews 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds
- See Jesus as Creator
Jeremiah 10:13 When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters (Or noise) in the heavens:
“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
Jeremiah 10:14 Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge;
Every metal smith is put to shame by an image;
For his molded image is falsehood,
And there is no breath in them.
Jeremiah 10:15 They are futile, a work of errors;
In the time of their punishment they shall perish.
Jeremiah 10:16 The Portion of Jacob is not like them,
For He is the Maker of all things,
And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
The Lord of hosts is His name.
The Coming Captivity of Judah