Chapter 10

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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.

3 For 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.

Commentary for Jeremiah 10

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 10

  • Freedom Now
    V3-4 in Contex with V14 Confirms their not ChristmasTrees which aren't engraved with images of Pagan gods or are they Statues and we don't Worship them which would be Spiritual Idolatry 2Chr34:3-4 Hos11:2 God knows our Hearts at Christmas we give Thanks to Him for Jesus our Greatest Gift. God had Ordements or Symbols in the Tabernacle and other places1Kin6-1Kin7-Eze7:20-Hos10:1but not to Worship.
  • Living Freedom
    Our Heart Focus is important to God and Christian Symbols are often used to remind us of our Eternal Hope in Jesus our Lord and Saviour and so are Christ-mas Symbols The Fir Tree used as a Christ-mas Tree is a Living Symbols it's Pure Green Colour Rev4:3-10 remains all Year and all it's needles point to Heaven when decorated Brightly it reminds us Jesus brought His Light into the darkness of fear.
  • Stanjett
    They deck it with silver and with gold they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. sounds like a Christmas tree. But he says be not afraid of it. They can do no good or evil. JUst don't worship it.
  • Patty Tozi
    To Love God is to turn to Him each morning and Thank Him for another day not yet promised. To ask for forgiveness of any sin you had committed against Him. To set out the door knowing He is close by. To always be aware of Him talking to you-- showing you-- testing you- about your Love for Him. How you handle any situation He puts you in. Or how you handle the enemy when he closes in on you. PRAY!!
  • Joshua
    Yes and Amen to that
  • Freedomborn in Truth.......
    True but Nor is the Word Trinity in Scripture Ruben Thy are called The Godhead and Dinosores are called Dragons etc Aids and DNA are in Scripture but not by these names Words change over time but the Purpose and Remembrance by us Christ-ians of both Christmas and Easter are clearly shown to be God's Truth in Scripture and much more than once The Old Testerment and the New confirm each other - Anne
  • Ruben Hartness
    not sure of what you are saying--I told you or someone in this discussion trinity was not in the Bible--I did say it was the Godhead comprised of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trinity is the three of one in the same with three different offices. Don't understand where that is considered cult. Please clarify to me and all that will read your post.
  • Freedomborn.....
    I was Thankful Ruben to hear before that you believe in the Trinity sadly those who reject Jesus' Divinity are worshiping a god of their own understanding and it shows they don't have The Holy Spirit yet. I never said that you belonged to a Cult but that what you shared was what they believe too about Christmas and Easter but they are confirmed in Scripture as we Christians remember them - Anne.
  • Ruben Hartness
    Thanks for clearing that up. Sooo sorry I misunderstood what you said. You do sound like you know the scripture quite well. I will follow your posts and I do believe I'll gain some knowledge. Again I'm sorry.
  • Freedomborn with Thankfulness
    Thank you Ruben it takes a very humble Man to apologize publicly you have my Respect but you did before too I could see by your Comments to me and others that your not luke warm but are very Passionate about Our Lord and King On my Blog I told everyone to follow Jesus not me He leads us into all Truth He may use us and I do have the qualifications He looks for 1Cor1:27 God Bless You Ruben - Annie

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Bible Trivia

What is brought from Tarshish and Uphaz, in Jeremiah?
  • Silver and gold
  • Frankincense and myrrh
  • Bows and spears
  • Lions and lambs