IDOLS AND THE TRUE GOD

Jeremiah 10:2-15 NKJV

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. 

[3] For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 

[4] They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. 

[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.” 

[6] Inasmuch as there is none like You, O LORD (You are great, and Your name is great in might),

 [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. 

[8] But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine. 

[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. 

[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. 

[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.”

[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. 

[13] When He utters His voice, There is a multitude of waters 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.”

[14] Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge; Every metalsmith is put to shame by an image; For his molded image is falsehood, And there is no breath in them. 

[15] They are futile, a work of errors; In the time of their punishment they shall perish.

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