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1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

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

3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

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

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

6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for 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.

8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, 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.

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

11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

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

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

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

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

16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.

17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

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

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

20 My 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.

21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

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

23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

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

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


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Matthew Henry's Jeremiah Chapter 10 Bible commentary...

The absurdity of idolatry. (1-16) Destruction denounced against Jerusalem. (17-25)1-16 The prophet shows the glory of Israel's God, and exposes the folly of idolaters. Charms and other attempts to obtain supernatural help, or to pry into futurity, are copied from the wicked customs of the heathen. Let us stand in awe, and not dare provoke God, by giving that glory to another which is due to him alone. He is ready to forgive, and save all who repent and believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Faith learns these blessed truths from the word of God; but all knowledge not from that source, leads to doctrines of vanity.

17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.


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Peggy's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 7/10/2014, 11:39am...

We now have soooo may gods that we worship.Vehicles,houses,food ,education power,,entertainment,friends,our bodies and the list goes on. We worship whatever is on the throne of our hearts.Lord help the so called christian world.


Holly Sue Allen's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 5/18/2014, 6:56am...

I believe that it is just using the tree as an example of something they liked to worship like people who worship "mother earth ", it doesn 't speak, it 's like worshipping any image that doesn 't speak..God spoke to the people from a fire and from the fog..


John's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 5/08/2014, 6:29am...

Jeremiah 10 is most definitely talking about a christmass tree. People do fall down at the tree and worship their gods under it. The word of God tells us that covetousness IS IDOLATRY. Selah. Let that sink in awhile.


SANDY's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 3/19/2014, 1:15pm...

In context Jeremiah is clearly not describing Christmas trees he is talking about idolatrous graven and molten images of the heathen the worthless futile powerless statues of their pagan gods that are not to be feared Decked in gold and silver and clothed in purple etc They have to be carried they cannot move they cannot speak they should not be feared they should not be worshiped they cannot speak life and death is in the power of the tongue so this makes them neither good or evil just plain dumb


Jerald Semar's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 1/21/2014, 11:42pm...

People who put up Christmas trees do not fall down to worship it. The ornamented tree is simply a symbol of festivity, a decoration and, the tree is a symbol of a nation or, a kingdom. It should in this case represent the Kingdom of God's people. I don't know of any Christian who falls down to worship the decorated tree. People don't fall down to worship floats in parades, they don't fall down to worship penyata's and, they don't fall down to worship Christmas tree's. The Lord is talking about people who worship idols carved out of the stock or, trunk of a tree and covered with plates of gold and silver fastened by nails and clad with clothing. The Lord is talking about idol worship, period! Not festivity decorations. Please don't confuse the two. The Holy Spirit has never convicted me for celebrating the birth of Christ with festive decorations and, the giving of gifts to my loved one's and friends. If the custom offends you and you wish to visit me during the Holiday Season I promise to remove the tree for your sake. I will not offend a Christian Brother or, any man for the sake of a custom. I hope this opens the eye's of your understanding.


Shanna's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment about verse 23 on 1/17/2014, 7:52am...

The Bible states that humans have neither the ability nor the right to govern themselves. Jehovah did not create us with the ability to do that for ourselves, especially not in our imperfect condition. However, If we are humble and willing to depend on Jehovah God, He will impart to us his holy spirit as a sure guide for our steps.


Danny's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 1/02/2014, 8:27am...

Learn not the way of the heathen for the customs of the people are vain. This custom and all other customs associated with Christmas are vain and are the way of the heathen. The birthday of Jesus was never commanded by Jesus himself nor the apostles to be celebrated. Rather the Christ child was born sometime in the fall just before the rains came. The traditions of men are not the traditions of God.


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1.  What is brought from Tarshish and Uphaz, in Jeremiah?

Silver and gold
Frankincense and myrrh
Bows and spears
Lions and lambs


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