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Idolatry Brings Destruction

1Hear the word of the LORD, O Israel!

2This is what the LORD says: "Do not act like other nations who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them.

3Their ways are futile and foolish. They cut down a tree and carve an idol.

4They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won't fall over.

5There stands their god like a helpless scarecrow in a garden! It cannot speak, and it needs to be carried because it cannot walk. Do not be afraid of such gods, for they can neither harm you nor do you any good."

6LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power.

7Who would not fear you, O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone! Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.

8The wisest of people who worship idols are stupid and foolish. The things they worship are made of wood!

9They bring beaten sheets of silver from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz, and they give these materials to skillful craftsmen who make their idols. Then they dress these gods in royal purple robes made by expert tailors.

10But the LORD is the only true God, the living God. He is the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations hide before his wrath.

11Say this to those who worship other gods: "Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth."[footnote]

      12But God made the earth by his power,
            and he preserves it by his wisdom.
      He has stretched out the heavens
            by his understanding.

      13When he speaks, there is thunder in the heavens.
            He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
      He sends the lightning with the rain
            and releases the wind from his storehouses.

      14Compared to him, all people are foolish
            and have no knowledge at all!
      They make idols, but the idols will disgrace their makers,
            for they are frauds.
            They have no life or power in them.

      15Idols are worthless; they are lies!
            The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.

      16But the God of Israel is no idol!
            He is the Creator of everything that exists,
            including Israel, his own special possession.
      The LORD Almighty is his name![footnote]

The Coming Destruction

17"Pack your bag and prepare to leave; the siege is about to begin,"

18says the LORD. "For suddenly, I will fling you from this land and pour great troubles upon you. At last you will feel my anger."

19My wound is desperate, and my grief is great. My sickness is incurable, but I must bear it.

20My home is gone, and no one is left to help me rebuild it. My children have been taken away, and I will never see them again.

21The shepherds of my people have lost their senses. They no longer follow the LORD or ask what he wants of them. Therefore, they fail completely, and their flocks are scattered.

22Listen! Hear the terrifying roar of great armies as they roll down from the north. The towns of Judah will be destroyed and will become a haunt for jackals.

Jeremiah's Prayer

23I know, LORD, that a person's life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course.

24So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.

25Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to recognize you--on nations that do not call upon your name. For they have utterly devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.[footnote]

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From the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, by Tyndale Charitable Trust copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.