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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Jeremiah 10

 

 

Introduction
1The unequal comparison of God and idols.
17The prophet exhorts to flee from the calamity to come.
19He laments the spoil of the tabernacle by foolish pastors.
23He makes an humble supplication.

Verse 1
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
A. M. 3397. B.C. 607
2:4; 13:15-17; 22:2; 42:15; 1 Kings 22:19; Psalms 50:7; Isaiah 1:10; 28:14; Hosea 4:1; Amos 7:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 2:29

Verse 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.
Learn
Leviticus 18:3; 20:23; Deuteronomy 12:30,31; Ezekiel 20:32
be
Isaiah 47:12-14; Luke 21:25-28

Verse 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.
customs
Heb. statutes, or ordinances, are vanity.
8; 2:5; Leviticus 18:30; 1 Kings 18:26-28; Matthew 6:7; Romans 1:21; 1 Peter 1:18
one
Isaiah 40:19-31; 44:9-20; 45:20; Hosea 8:4-6; Habakkuk 2:18,19

Verse 4
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
deck
Psalms 115:4; 135:15; Isaiah 40:19,20
fasten
Isaiah 41:6; 44:12; 46:7

Verse 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.
speak
Psalms 115:5-8; 135:16-18; Habakkuk 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:2; Revelation 13:14,15
be borne
Isaiah 46:1,7
do evil
Isaiah 41:23,24; 44:9,10; 45:20; 1 Corinthians 8:4

Verse 6
Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
there
Exodus 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; Deuteronomy 32:31; 33:26; 2 Samuel 7:22; Psalms 35:10; 86:8-10; Psalms 89:6-8; Isaiah 40:18,25; 46:5,9
thou
32:18; Nehemiah 4:14; 9:32; Psalms 48:1; 96:4; 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 12:6; Daniel 4:3,34; Malachi 1:11

Verse 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.
would
5:22; Job 37:23,24; Luke 12:5; Revelation 15:4
O King
Psalms 22:28; 72:11; 86:9; Isaiah 2:4; Zechariah 2:11; Revelation 11:15
to thee
or, it liketh thee.
Psalms 76:7
among
6; Psalms 89:6; 1 Corinthians 1:19,20

Verse 8
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
altogether
Heb. in one, or at once. brutish.
14; 51:17,18; Psalms 115:8; 135:18; Isaiah 41:29; Habakkuk 2:18; Zechariah 10:2; Romans 1:21,22
the stock
2:27; Isaiah 44:19; Hosea 4:12

Verse 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.
Silver
Tarshish
1 Kings 10:22; Ezekiel 27:12
Uphaz
Daniel 10:5
are all
Psalms 115:4

Verse 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.
the Lord
1 Kings 18:39; 2 Chronicles 15:3; John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 John 5:20
true God
Heb. God of truth.
Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 31:5; 100:5; 146:6
the living
23:36; Deuteronomy 5:26; 1 Samuel 17:26,36; Psalms 42:2; 84:2; Isaiah 37:4,17; Daniel 6:26; Matthew 16:16; 26:63; Acts 14:15; 1 Timothy 6:17; Hebrews 10:31
everlasting king
Heb. King of eternity.
Psalms 10:16; 93:2; 145:13; Isaiah 57:15; Daniel 4:3,34; 7:14; 1 Timothy 1:17
at
Judges 5:4; Job 9:6; Psalms 18:7; 68:11; 77:18; 97:4; 104:32; 114:7; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:6; Habakkuk 3:6,10; Matthew 27:51,52; Revelation 20:11
the nations
Psalms 76:7; 90:11; Joel 2:11; Nahum 1:6; Malachi 3:2

Verse 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.
Thus
"In the Chaldean language." The gods.
Psalms 96:5
they
15; 51:18; Isaiah 2:18; Zephaniah 2:11; Zechariah 13:2; Revelation 20:2
under
Lamentations 3:66

Verse 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.
hath made
32:17; 51:15-19; Genesis 1:1,6-9; Job 38:4-7; Psalms 33:6; 136:5,6; Psalms 146:5,6; 148:4,5; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16
established
Psalms 24:2; 78:69; 93:1; 119:90; Proverbs 3:19; 30:4; Isaiah 45:18; 49:8
stretched
Job 9:8; 26:7; Psalms 104:2,24; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; Zechariah 12:1

Verse 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.
uttereth
Job 37:2-5; 38:34,35; Psalms 18:13; 29:3-10; 68:33
multitude
or, noise. He causeth.
1 Kings 18:41,45,46; Job 36:27-33; Psalms 135:7; 147:8
maketh
Exodus 9:23; 1 Samuel 12:17,18; Job 38:25-27,34,35; Zechariah 10:1; *marg:
with
or, for. bringeth.
Job 38:22; Psalms 135:17

Verse 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.
man
8; 51:17,18; Psalms 14:2; 92:6; 94:8; Proverbs 30:2; Isaiah 44:18-20; 46:7,8; Romans 1:22,23
brutish in his knowledge
or, more brutish than to know. founder.
51:17; Psalms 97:7; Isaiah 42:17; 44:11; 45:16
and
Psalms 115:4-8; 135:16-18; Habakkuk 2:18,19

Verse 15
They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
vanity
8; 8:19; 14:22; 51:18; Deuteronomy 32:21; 1 Samuel 12:21; Isaiah 41:24,29; Jonah 2:8; Acts 14:15
in the
11; 8:12; Isaiah 2:18-21; Zephaniah 1:3,4; Zechariah 13:2

Verse 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.
portion
51:19; Psalms 16:5,6; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5; Lamentations 3:24
former
12; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 45:7
Israel
Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 32:9; Psalms 74:2; 135:4; Isaiah 47:6
The Lord
31:35; 32:18; 50:34; Isaiah 47:4; 51:15; 54:5

Verse 17
Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.
A. M. 3404. B.C. 600. thy wares
6:1; Ezekiel 12:3-12; Micah 2:10; Matthew 24:15
inhabitant
Heb. inhabitress.
21:13; *marg:

Verse 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.
I will
15:1,2; 16:13; Deuteronomy 28:63,64; 1 Samuel 25:29
that
23:20; Ezekiel 6:10; Zechariah 1:6

Verse 19
Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
Woe
4:19,31; 8:21; 9:1; 17:13; Lamentations 1:2,12-22; 2:11-22; 3:48
Truly
Psalms 39:9; 77:10; Isaiah 8:17; Lamentations 3:18-21,39,40; Micah 7:9

Verse 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.
tabernacle
4:20; Isaiah 54:2; Lamentations 2:4-6
my children
31:15; Job 7:8; Proverbs 12:7; Isaiah 49:20-22
there
4:20; Isaiah 51:16

Verse 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.
the pastors
8,14; 2:8; 5:31; 8:9; 12:10; 23:9-32; Isaiah 56:10-12; Ezekiel 22:25-30; Ezekiel 34:2-10; John 10:12,13; Zechariah 10:3
their
23:1; 49:32; 50:17; Ezekiel 34:5,6,12; Zechariah 13:7

Verse 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.
the noise
1:15; 4:6; 5:15; 6:1,22; Habakkuk 1:6-9
a den
9:11; Malachi 1:3

Verse 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.
Psalms 17:5; 37:23; 119:116,117; Proverbs 16:1; 20:24

Verse 24
O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
correct
30:11; Psalms 6:1; 38:1; Habakkuk 3:2
lest
Job 6:18; Isaiah 40:23; 41:11,12
bring me to nothing
Heb. diminish me.

Verse 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.
Pour
Psalms 79:6,7
that know
Job 18:21; John 17:25; Acts 17:23; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 Thessalonians 4:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:8
call
Psalms 14:4; Isaiah 43:22; 64:7; Zephaniah 1:6
eaten
8:16; 50:7,17; 51:34,35; Psalms 27:2; Lamentations 2:22; Ezekiel 25:6-8; 35:5-10; Obadiah 1:10-16; Zechariah 1:15

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/jeremiah-10.html.

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Friday, September 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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