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Jeremiah 10:1-5English Standard Version (ESV)

Idols and the Living God

10 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
    nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
    because the nations are dismayed at them,
for the customs of the peoples are vanity.[a]
A tree from the forest is cut down
    and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so that it cannot move.
Their idols[b] are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
    and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
    for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
    for they cannot do evil,
    neither is it in them to do good.”


  1. Jeremiah 10:3 Or vapor, or mist
  2. Jeremiah 10:5 Hebrew They
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Yirmeyah 10:1-5Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

10 Hear ye the Davar which Hashem speaketh unto you, O Bais Yisroel.

Thus saith Hashem, Learn not the Derech HaGoyim, and be not in awe of the otot HaShomayim; though the Goyim are in awe of them.

For the [religious] chukkot (customs, statutes) of the nations are vain delusions; for one cutteth etz out of the ya’ar (forest), the ma’aseh (handiwork) of the hands of the charash (workman, artisan), with the axe.

They deck it with kesef and with zahav; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it topple not.

They [the idols] are upright as the tomer (palm tree], but speak not; they must needs be carried, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do rah, neither also is it in them to do tov.

Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

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