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

  • Nigerian Christians Being Killed for their faith on Jeremiah 10:11
    That's how quickly the death toll has escalated for Christians in Nigeria.

    Earlier this year, roughly 350 Nigerian Christians were killed at the hands of Islamic radicals. By June, the total was over 1,200 murdered for their faith.

    At this rate, some 2,400 innocent Christians - including children - will be slaughtered by year's end. And it could be much, much higher at this precipitous rate. This is no longer just a human rights crisis. It could become an extinction-level event.

    And that doesn't even address the number of Nigerian Christians abducted and enslaved every year. The world should be outraged.

    The ACLJ has gone directly to the U.N., urging international intervention and aid for Nigeria's Christians.

    And we continue to fight for Leah Sharibu, the Christian teen who remains a prisoner of Boko Haram - the brutal Islamic militia in Nigeria - because she won't convert to Islam.

    Violence against Christians is spreading beyond Nigeria's borders. It will soon spread out of control.

    We're fighting to SAVE CHRISTIANS and defend their right to worship freely without fear of violent persecution and death.

    Sign their petition if you agree, and put the believers on your prayer list. Thank you.

  • Ezekiel Adeniyi on Jeremiah 10:11
    What is the diferent between the holy bible & holy quran?
  • OneDay - in Reply on Jeremiah 10:11
    The Holy bible Kjv fulfills a whole lot of prophecies. The book of Isisah chapter 9 talks about The Lord Jesus Christ being born of a virgin, this was fulfilled in scripture later on in the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Mainly the Kjv bible tells prophies of The Lord Jesus Christ from being to end. And the quran doesn't even fulfill any prophecy neither will it help you be saved and get to heaven when you die. The Kjv bible says this in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 "1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" That's the difference Jesus Christ rose from the dead to never ever dying again and also paying for your sin's. Do you believe this? if you do then you shall be saved.
  • Kklovemehoh - in Reply on Jeremiah 10:11
    is cuting a tree and puting gold on it good?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Jeremiah 10:11
    Are you describing a Christmas tree?
  • Rick Colombe on Jeremiah 10
    Lies,lies,lies.... We have all been taught lies in relation to Christmas and Easter. No where in God's Word does it say to celebrate Christmas and Easter. Both come from pagan rituals which were adopted by the Church of Rome dating as far back as 325AD. We call ourselves Christians, yet we want to follow Him our own way. It's time we follow God according to His Word. I challenge anyone to show me in His Holy Word that we are to celebrate Christmas and/or Easter. Do your homework and you'll find TRUTH!!! Again, let us all ask God for eyes that see and ears that hear.9
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Jeremiah 10
    Read Jeremiah chapter 10 as it was the Jews first celebrating so called Christmas long before Rome existed. Rome adopted this from the Jews who had rejected the scriptures sadly. That was why the Lord allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed in the Babylonian captivity.
    This below covers the SUNrise services of easter I believe
    Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the SUN sun toward the east.
  • Freedom Now on Jeremiah 10
    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 - in Reply on Jeremiah 10
    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 on Jeremiah 10
    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.


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