Bible: Jeremiah 10:1-5

The Lord, not Idols, is the Only Worthy Object of Worship

10:1 You people of Israel, 1  listen to what the Lord has to say to you.

10:2 The Lord says,

Do not start following pagan religious practices. 2 

Do not be in awe of signs that occur 3  in the sky

even though the nations hold them in awe.

10:3 For the religion 4  of these people is worthless.

They cut down a tree in the forest,

and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. 5 

10:4 He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold.

He uses hammer and nails to fasten it 6  together

so that it will not fall over.

10:5 Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field.

They cannot talk.

They must be carried

because they cannot walk.

Do not be afraid of them

because they cannot hurt you.

And they do not have any power to help you.” 7 

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