Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary:
[Jeremiah 6:1] O YE CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN, GATHER YOURSELVES TO FLEE OUT OF THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM, AND BLOW THE TRUMPET IN TEKOA, AND SET UP A SIGN OF FIRE IN BETH HACCEREM: FOR EVIL APPEARETH OUT OF THE NORTH, AND GREAT DESTRUCTION.
[Jeremiah 6:2] I HAVE LIKENED THE DAUGHTER OF ZION TO A COMELY AND DELICATE WOMAN.
[Jeremiah 6:3] THE SHEPHERDS WITH THEIR FLOCKS SHALL COME UNTO HER; THEY SHALL PITCH THEIR TENTS AGAINST HER ROUND ABOUT; THEY SHALL FEED EVERY ONE IN HIS PLACE.
[Jeremiah 6:4] PREPARE YE WAR AGAINST HER; ARISE, AND LET US GO UP AT NOON. WOE UNTO US! FOR THE DAY GOETH AWAY, FOR THE SHADOWS OF THE EVENING ARE STRETCHED OUT.
[Jeremiah 6:5] ARISE, AND LET US GO BY NIGHT, AND LET US DESTROY HER PALACES.
[Jeremiah 6:6] FOR THUS HATH THE LORD OF HOSTS SAID, HEW YE DOWN TREES, AND CAST A MOUNT AGAINST JERUSALEM: THIS IS THE CITY TO BE VISITED; SHE IS WHOLLY OPPRESSION IN THE MIDST OF HER.
[Jeremiah 6:7] AS A FOUNTAIN CASTETH OUT HER WATERS, SO SHE CASTETH OUT HER WICKEDNESS: VIOLENCE AND SPOIL IS HEARD IN HER; BEFORE ME CONTINUALLY IS GRIEF AND WOUNDS.
[Jeremiah 6:8] BE THOU INSTRUCTED, O JERUSALEM, LEST MY SOUL DEPART FROM THEE; LEST I MAKE THEE DESOLATE, A LAND NOT INHABITED.
[Jeremiah 6:9] THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, THEY SHALL THROUGHLY GLEAN THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL AS A VINE: TURN BACK THINE HAND AS A GRAPE GATHERER INTO THE BASKETS.
[Jeremiah 6:10] TO WHOM SHALL I SPEAK, AND GIVE WARNING, THAT THEY MAY HEAR? BEHOLD, THEIR EAR IS UNCIRCUMCISED, AND THEY CANNOT HEARKEN: BEHOLD, THE WORD OF THE LORD IS UNTO THEM A REPROACH; THEY HAVE NO DELIGHT IN IT.
[Jeremiah 6:11] THEREFORE I AM FULL OF THE FURY OF THE LORD; I AM WEARY WITH HOLDING IN: I WILL POUR IT OUT UPON THE CHILDREN ABROAD, AND UPON THE ASSEMBLY OF YOUNG MEN TOGETHER: FOR EVEN THE HUSBAND WITH THE WIFE SHALL BE TAKEN, THE AGED WITH HIM THAT IS FULL OF DAYS.
[Jeremiah 6:12] AND THEIR HOUSES SHALL BE TURNED UNTO OTHERS, WITH THEIR FIELDS AND WIVES TOGETHER: FOR I WILL STRETCH OUT MY HAND UPON THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND, SAITH THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 6:13] FOR FROM THE LEAST OF THEM EVEN UNTO THE GREATEST OF THEM EVERY ONE IS GIVEN TO COVETOUSNESS; AND FROM THE PROPHET EVEN UNTO THE PRIEST EVERY ONE DEALETH FALSELY.
[Jeremiah 6:14] THEY HAVE HEALED ALSO THE HURT OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE SLIGHTLY, SAYING, PEACE, PEACE; WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE.
PEACE, PEACE; WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE: Thats right: only murder of innocent people, humiliation, denial of Biblical and natural rights, and the attempted degradation of a great and heroic army. Where do these peace-mongers come from? God condemns them.
[Jeremiah 6:15] WERE THEY ASHAMED WHEN THEY HAD COMMITTED ABOMINATION? NAY, THEY WERE NOT AT ALL ASHAMED, NEITHER COULD THEY BLUSH: THEREFORE THEY SHALL FALL AMONG THEM THAT FALL: AT THE TIME THAT I VISIT THEM THEY SHALL BE CAST DOWN, SAITH THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 6:16] THUS SAITH THE LORD, STAND YE IN THE WAYS, AND SEE, AND ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, WHERE IS THE GOOD WAY, AND WALK THEREIN, AND YE SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. BUT THEY SAID, WE WILL NOT WALK THEREIN.
THE OLD PATHS..THE GOOD WAY.. WALK THEREIN: Return to your sources.
[Jeremiah 6:17] ALSO I SET WATCHMEN OVER YOU, SAYING, HEARKEN TO THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET. BUT THEY SAID, WE WILL NOT HEARKEN.
WATCHMEN: Here the word translated as watchmen is Tsofim, elsewhere it is Notsrim.
[Jeremiah 6:18] THEREFORE HEAR, YE NATIONS, AND KNOW, O CONGREGATION, WHAT IS AMONG THEM.
[Jeremiah 6:19] HEAR, O EARTH: BEHOLD, I WILL BRING EVIL UPON THIS PEOPLE, EVEN THE FRUIT OF THEIR THOUGHTS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT HEARKENED UNTO MY WORDS, NOR TO MY LAW, BUT REJECTED IT.
[Jeremiah 6:20] TO WHAT PURPOSE COMETH THERE TO ME INCENSE FROM SHEBA, AND THE SWEET CANE FROM A FAR COUNTRY? YOUR BURNT OFFERINGS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, NOR YOUR SACRIFICES SWEET UNTO ME.
[Jeremiah 6:21] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD, BEHOLD, I WILL LAY STUMBLING BLOCKS BEFORE THIS PEOPLE, AND THE FATHERS AND THE SONS TOGETHER SHALL FALL UPON THEM; THE NEIGHBOUR AND HIS FRIEND SHALL PERISH.
[Jeremiah 6:22] THUS SAITH THE LORD, BEHOLD, A PEOPLE COMETH FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, AND A GREAT NATION SHALL BE RAISED FROM THE SIDES OF THE EARTH.
[Jeremiah 6:23] THEY SHALL LAY HOLD ON BOW AND SPEAR; THEY ARE CRUEL, AND HAVE NO MERCY; THEIR VOICE ROARETH LIKE THE SEA; AND THEY RIDE UPON HORSES, SET IN ARRAY AS MEN FOR WAR AGAINST THEE, O DAUGHTER OF ZION.
[Jeremiah 6:24] WE HAVE HEARD THE FAME THEREOF: OUR HANDS WAX FEEBLE: ANGUISH HATH TAKEN HOLD OF US, AND PAIN, AS OF A WOMAN IN TRAVAIL.
[Jeremiah 6:25] GO NOT FORTH INTO THE FIELD, NOR WALK BY THE WAY; FOR THE SWORD OF THE ENEMY AND FEAR IS ON EVERY SIDE.
[Jeremiah 6:26] O DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE, GIRD THEE WITH SACKCLOTH, AND WALLOW THYSELF IN ASHES: MAKE THEE MOURNING, AS FOR AN ONLY SON, MOST BITTER LAMENTATION: FOR THE SPOILER SHALL SUDDENLY COME UPON US.
[Jeremiah 6:27] I HAVE SET THEE FOR A TOWER AND A FORTRESS AMONG MY PEOPLE, THAT THOU MAYEST KNOW AND TRY THEIR WAY.
[Jeremiah 6:28] THEY ARE ALL GRIEVOUS REVOLTERS, WALKING WITH SLANDERS: THEY ARE BRASS AND IRON THEY ARE ALL CORRUPTERS.
[Jeremiah 6:29] THE BELLOWS ARE BURNED, THE LEAD IS CONSUMED OF THE FIRE; THE FOUNDER MELTETH IN VAIN: FOR THE WICKED ARE NOT PLUCKED AWAY.
[Jeremiah 6:30] REPROBATE SILVER SHALL MEN CALL THEM, BECAUSE THE LORD HATH REJECTED THEM.
[Jeremiah 7:1] THE WORD THAT CAME TO JEREMIAH FROM THE LORD, SAYING,
[Jeremiah 7:2] STAND IN THE GATE OF THE LORD'S HOUSE, AND PROCLAIM THERE THIS WORD, AND SAY, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, ALL YE OF JUDAH, THAT ENTER IN AT THESE GATES TO WORSHIP THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 7:3] THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, AMEND YOUR WAYS AND YOUR DOINGS, AND I WILL CAUSE YOU TO DWELL IN THIS PLACE.
The Temple was not meant to be a substitute for good deeds. The Temple was a means to achieve a more immediate connection to the Almighty.
[Jeremiah 7:4] TRUST YE NOT IN LYING WORDS, SAYING, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, ARE THESE.
The existence of the Temple and Gods immanence that was experienced thereby and therein were favors given to us on condition that we use them to rectify our ways.
[Jeremiah 7:5] FOR IF YE THROUGHLY AMEND YOUR WAYS AND YOUR DOINGS; IF YE THROUGHLY EXECUTE JUDGMENT BETWEEN A MAN AND HIS NEIGHBOUR;
[Jeremiah 7:6] IF YE OPPRESS NOT THE STRANGER, THE FATHERLESS, AND THE WIDOW, AND SHED NOT INNOCENT BLOOD IN THIS PLACE, NEITHER WALK AFTER OTHER GODS TO YOUR HURT:
[Jeremiah 7:7] THEN WILL I CAUSE YOU TO DWELL IN THIS PLACE, IN THE LAND THAT I GAVE TO YOUR FATHERS, FOR EVER AND EVER.
[Jeremiah 7:8] BEHOLD, YE TRUST IN LYING WORDS, THAT CANNOT PROFIT.
[Jeremiah 7:9] WILL YE STEAL, MURDER, AND COMMIT ADULTERY, AND SWEAR FALSELY, AND BURN INCENSE UNTO BAAL, AND WALK AFTER OTHER GODS WHOM YE KNOW NOT;
We cannot worship other gods or intermediaries between God and us.
[Jeremiah 7:10] AND COME AND STAND BEFORE ME IN THIS HOUSE, WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME, AND SAY, WE ARE DELIVERED TO DO ALL THESE ABOMINATIONS?
[Jeremiah 7:11] IS THIS HOUSE, WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME, BECOME A DEN OF ROBBERS IN YOUR EYES? BEHOLD, EVEN I HAVE SEEN IT, SAITH THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 7:12] BUT GO YE NOW UNTO MY PLACE WHICH WAS IN SHILOH, WHERE I SET MY NAME AT THE FIRST, AND SEE WHAT I DID TO IT FOR THE WICKEDNESS OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.
The presentday settlement of Shiloh is in the partially liberated territory of Ephraim. You can still see the ruins of Biblical Shiloh where the tabernacle once stood before the Philistines destroyed it. The surrounding region is extremely beautiful and awe inspiring. There are also numerous ruins in the region from Biblical times and archaeological remains that are similar to finds in the British Isles. The remains of Biblical Shiloh were excavated recently and may now be seen but for centuries they could not be. The injunction of Jeremiah to visit Shiloh and contemplate the ruins was therefore only applicable in his own time and in ours.
Jeremiah is calling upon us to visit Shiloh and see the ruins and we can now do so!
[Jeremiah 7:13] AND NOW, BECAUSE YE HAVE DONE ALL THESE WORKS, SAITH THE LORD, AND I SPAKE UNTO YOU, RISING UP EARLY AND SPEAKING, BUT YE HEARD NOT; AND I CALLED YOU, BUT YE ANSWERED NOT;
God is calling us all the time. We must learn to listen.
[Jeremiah 7:14] THEREFORE WILL I DO UNTO THIS HOUSE, WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME, WHEREIN YE TRUST, AND UNTO THE PLACE WHICH I GAVE TO YOU AND TO YOUR FATHERS, AS I HAVE DONE TO SHILOH.
[Jeremiah 7:15] AND I WILL CAST YOU OUT OF MY SIGHT, AS I HAVE CAST OUT ALL YOUR BRETHREN, EVEN THE WHOLE SEED OF EPHRAIM.
Ephraim in Scripture often represents all of the Northern Ten Tribes, all of whom were exiled. Archaeological research shows that after the Assyrian invasion and exile all Israelite settlements everywhere had been destroyed and deserted.
[Jeremiah 7:16] THEREFORE PRAY NOT THOU FOR THIS PEOPLE, NEITHER LIFT UP CRY NOR PRAYER FOR THEM, NEITHER MAKE INTERCESSION TO ME: FOR I WILL NOT HEAR THEE.
[Jeremiah 7:17] SEEST THOU NOT WHAT THEY DO IN THE CITIES OF JUDAH AND IN THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM?
[Jeremiah 7:18] THE CHILDREN GATHER WOOD, AND THE FATHERS KINDLE THE FIRE, AND THE WOMEN KNEAD THEIR DOUGH, TO MAKE CAKES TO THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, AND TO POUR OUT DRINK OFFERINGS UNTO OTHER GODS, THAT THEY MAY PROVOKE ME TO ANGER.
THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN: Mary is worshipped under this name in some branches of the Christian faith.
[Jeremiah 7:19] DO THEY PROVOKE ME TO ANGER? SAITH THE LORD: DO THEY NOT PROVOKE THEMSELVES TO THE CONFUSION OF THEIR OWN FACES?
[Jeremiah 7:20] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, MINE ANGER AND MY FURY SHALL BE POURED OUT UPON THIS PLACE, UPON MAN, AND UPON BEAST, AND UPON THE TREES OF THE FIELD, AND UPON THE FRUIT OF THE GROUND; AND IT SHALL BURN, AND SHALL NOT BE QUENCHED.
[Jeremiah 7:21] THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; PUT YOUR BURNT OFFERINGS UNTO YOUR SACRIFICES, AND EAT FLESH.
[Jeremiah 7:22] FOR I SPAKE NOT UNTO YOUR FATHERS, NOR COMMANDED THEM IN THE DAY THAT I BROUGHT THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, CONCERNING BURNT OFFERINGS OR SACRIFICES:
[Jeremiah 7:23] BUT THIS THING COMMANDED I THEM, SAYING, OBEY MY VOICE, AND I WILL BE YOUR GOD, AND YE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE: AND WALK YE IN ALL THE WAYS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU, THAT IT MAY BE WELL UNTO YOU.
[Jeremiah 7:24] BUT THEY HEARKENED NOT, NOR INCLINED THEIR EAR, BUT WALKED IN THE COUNSELS AND IN THE IMAGINATION OF THEIR EVIL HEART, AND WENT BACKWARD, AND NOT FORWARD.
[Jeremiah 7:25] SINCE THE DAY THAT YOUR FATHERS CAME FORTH OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT UNTO THIS DAY I HAVE EVEN SENT UNTO YOU ALL MY SERVANTS THE PROPHETS, DAILY RISING UP EARLY AND SENDING THEM:
[Jeremiah 7:26] YET THEY HEARKENED NOT UNTO ME, NOR INCLINED THEIR EAR, BUT HARDENED THEIR NECK: THEY DID WORSE THAN THEIR FATHERS.
[Jeremiah 7:27] THEREFORE THOU SHALT SPEAK ALL THESE WORDS UNTO THEM; BUT THEY WILL NOT HEARKEN TO THEE: THOU SHALT ALSO CALL UNTO THEM; BUT THEY WILL NOT ANSWER THEE.
We must learn to listen.
[Jeremiah 7:28] BUT THOU SHALT SAY UNTO THEM, THIS IS A NATION THAT OBEYETH NOT THE VOICE OF THE LORD THEIR GOD, NOR RECEIVETH CORRECTION: TRUTH IS PERISHED, AND IS CUT OFF FROM THEIR MOUTH.
[Jeremiah 7:29] CUT OFF THINE HAIR, O JERUSALEM, AND CAST IT AWAY, AND TAKE UP A LAMENTATION ON HIGH PLACES; FOR THE LORD HATH REJECTED AND FORSAKEN THE GENERATION OF HIS WRATH.
[Jeremiah 7:30] FOR THE CHILDREN OF JUDAH HAVE DONE EVIL IN MY SIGHT, SAITH THE LORD: THEY HAVE SET THEIR ABOMINATIONS IN THE HOUSE WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME, TO POLLUTE IT.
[Jeremiah 7:31] AND THEY HAVE BUILT THE HIGH PLACES OF TOPHET, WHICH IS IN THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, TO BURN THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS IN THE FIRE; WHICH I COMMANDED THEM NOT, NEITHER CAME IT INTO MY HEART.
This practice was also found in Celtic lands.
[Jeremiah 7:32] THEREFORE, BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD, THAT IT SHALL NO MORE BE CALLED TOPHET, NOR THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, BUT THE VALLEY OF SLAUGHTER: FOR THEY SHALL BURY IN TOPHET, TILL THERE BE NO PLACE.
THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM: Also known as Gehinnom, i.e. Ge-hinnom Valley of Hinnom. This is just outside of the Walls of Jerusalem. The area is largely not populated. I sometimes go jogging in the region but must be careful not to get to close to the neighboring Arab areas since they throw stones at Jews. I should say rather that they used to throw stones until the armchair liberal do-gooders and "lovers-of-humanity" decided that they also needed a generous supply of automatic weapons. The advantage of the region for my jogging is that it is rural, it is on the way to the Western Wall, and it has steep slopes that are good for my kind of exercising. I ran up and down the Walls of Hell and think of Brit-Am and other things.
Previously we thought that the Lost Ten Tribes were to be found throughout the Celtic regions of Europe. At present our researches suggest that we should concentrate on those sections of Celtica in the west where megalithic monuments were found and the Druidic religion practiced. The Druidic religion was a pagan Middle Eastern faith that also included Israelite practices.
At all events the following article (excerpts only) may be of interest:
December 25, 2001
Archaeologists Find Celts in Unlikely Spot:
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
n storybook histories, the ancient city of
Gordion is remembered only as the seat
of King Midas, he of the golden touch, and
the place where Alexander the Great struck
a famous blow in legend and metaphor.
Challenged to separate the strands of an
impossible knot, the Gordion knot, the
conqueror cut through the problem, in the
manner of conquerors, with one authoritative
swing of his sword.
After Midas and Alexander, Gordion
languished on the fringes of history, and until
recently archaeologists had taken little notice
of its Celtic past. Yes, European Celts
the Gauls of Roman times and the
forerunners of Bretons, Welsh, Irish and
highland Scots once migrated as far east
as what is now central Turkey and settled in
and around post-Alexander Gordion,
beginning in the early third century B.C.
Archaeologists say they have now
excavated artifacts and architectural remains
dispelling any lingering doubt that the Celts
were indeed there, as a few classical texts
had recorded in passing. These people
called themselves Galatai, a Celtic name for
tribal warriors, and became known to the
Romans as Galatians. Their Christianized
descendants were advised by the apostle
Paul, in the New Testament, that
"whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
The remains of Galatian Gordion,
archaeologists conclude, reveal that the
Celts, although they came as mercenary
soldiers, bringing along their wives and
children, were looking beyond warfare and
pillage. They put down deep roots, revived
Gordion and created an ambitious, thriving
Above ruins of ordinary mud-brick houses,
they erected a monumental public building of
cut-stone blocks that was surrounded by a
massive stone wall. Inside a workshop were
clay loom weights used in weaving, a
possible clue to Celtic influence. Not far
away, excavators found a stone sculpture of
a human with faces in two directions, which
replicates double-faced or "Janus" figures
from Celtic sites in central Europe.
But the most decisive discovery was a grisly
one: clusters of broken- necked skeletons
and decapitated heads of children and
adults, some of them mixed with animal bones. Ancient Celts had a
reputation for ritual human sacrifice, but not the contemporary Greeks and
Romans or any of the indigenous people of Anatolia, the central plateau
region of Turkey.
In the current issue of Archaeology, a magazine of the Archaeological
Institute of America, Dr. Mary M. Voigt of the College of William and Mary,
a leader of the excavations, and her colleagues wrote, "Such practices are
well known from Celtic sites in Europe and are now documented for
Anatolian Celts as well."
Dr. Ronald Hicks, an archaeologist and specialist in Celtic prehistory at Ball
State University in Muncie, Ind., agreed that this appeared to be the
strongest evidence yet for a permanent Celtic presence in Gordion.
"That certainly has the Celtic look," said Dr. Hicks, who is not involved in the
project. "One of the Roman complaints about the Celts was that they still
practiced human sacrifice. They said the Gauls were known for lopping off
heads of men in battle, tying them to their belts and bringing them back to
display for all their friends at home."
Dr. Oscar White Muscarella, an archaeologist at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, called the discoveries "an extraordinary accomplishment." For the first
time, he said, "we are able to see and hold in our hands what the Galatians
did and can now talk about Galatians in Anatolia."
The excavations of Galatian Gordion are part of research at the site, 60 miles
southwest of Ankara, being led by the University of Pennsylvania Museum in
conjunction with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Dr. Voigt's
co-authors of the magazine report are Jeremiah R. Dandoy, a retired
businessman who has become a zooarchaeologist, and Page Selinsky, a
doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gordion's Galatian period had been neglected, Dr. Voigt explained in an
interview, because archaeologists had their eyes on bigger prizes. They dug
through the layers of Galatian ruins to get to the city as it was in Alexander's
time, 332 B.C., and the even earlier city of Midas, ruler of Phrygia, probably
in the eighth century B.C.
In one of the few sketchy accounts, the Roman historian Livy noted that a
king in Anatolia hired Celts as mercenaries to re-enforce his own army. They
arrived in 278 B.C., 20,000 of them, including provisioners and merchants
as well as their families, in a caravan of 2,000 baggage wagons. But by this
time the Celts had become somewhat Hellenized.
For an unknown number of years since leaving their homeland, somewhere in
central Europe near the headwaters of the Danube, the Celts had passed
through the Balkans and paused in Greece to sack Delphi. In battle, they
stood naked before the foe. Along the way, they learned Greek and
inscribed some of their possessions in that language. Their ceramics and
other household wares were in the Greek style.
Livy described Galatian Gordion as a trading center and a fortified settlement
in the early second century B.C., a judgment now supported by
archaeologists. Artifacts like a small bone lion, probably used as inlay,
suggested the Galatians enjoyed some affluence. Traces of a few substantial
buildings with tile roofs, many rooms, paved floors, stone benches and
generous courtyards seemed to attest to a city with a social and political
hierarchy. This was more than a simple crossroads farming settlement, as
some scholars once suspected.
A Roman army destroyed much of the city
in 189 B.C., but excavations showed that it
was soon rebuilt and eventually became part
of the Roman province of Galatia, though
with a continuing Celtic imprint.
In more than a decade of meticulous
excavations, archaeologists were struck by
the juxtaposition of Greek and Celtic
customs in Gordion. Ruins of a workshop
yielded figurines of Greek deities
presumably used in household rituals.
Nearby, in the lower town, five skeletons
were strewn across the ground of what had
been an outdoor area, and another four had
been thrown into a deep pit.
Even though the date of the buried skeletons
is in some doubt, Dr. Voigt's team said,
"their treatment is undoubtedly linked to
ritual practices that began in third-century
Gordion and would represent continuity of
Celtic traditions" after the town became part
of a Roman province.
Nearly all these people appeared to have
met violent ends, with strangulation by
hanging or garroting the most usual cause.
Several had broken necks and spines. A
woman, probably 30 to 45 years old, had a
fractured skull, and was also strangled.
Below her lay the bones of a younger
woman, who seems to have been done in by
the two heavy grinding stones weighing
down her upper body. In the same pit, the
bones of two young children were mixed in
an apparently deliberate way. Among other
switches, the jaw of an older child was
placed with the cranium of the younger one.
Archaeologists concluded that all of these
people were presumably "sacrificed." They
might have been war captives. Traces of
wood in the base of a skull suggested that a
person's severed head had been mounted on
a pole for display. Some victims might have
been killed as part of Celtic divination
rituals. Texts recount that Celtic religious
leaders, the druids, were prophets who
killed humans in order to discern the future as revealed by the dying victims'
In another part of the lower town, archaeologists came upon the largest bone
deposit, holding more than 2,000 animal bones and those of a few
dismembered humans. Three individuals a man of about 40, a woman of
35 and a child under 8 might have been a family. This might have been the
scene of a feast associated with the Celtic celebration of Samhain, around
Nov. 1. Based on their age at death, the animals were probably slaughtered
in the fall, the time for culling herds before winter. Some humans could also
have been cooked for the feast.
"It may not be too far a stretch to associate Bone Cluster 3 with this Celtic
festival, which we still celebrate as Halloween," Dr. Voigt and her colleagues
The discoveries at Gordion have already contributed to changes in views of
Galatian culture in Asia Minor. The Celts as politically and socially primitive
barbarians who lived on raids and plundering had considerable basis in fact,
which had been stressed in Greek and Roman texts. But at least in Anatolia,
the new excavations suggest, the Celts succeeded in settling down,
marshaling resources and labor for building and operating a prospering city
not the behavior of primitives.
In an article last year in the British journal Anatolian Studies, English and
Turkish scholars said the Galatian communities established in the third
century B.C. constituted "a new, significant and increasingly important
geopolitical entity within Asia Minor" and this "can hardly be attributed to a
marginal, and politically, socially and economically unsophisticated people."
On the contrary, they wrote: "The fact that their polities survived to be
incorporated into the Roman empire would indicate the existence of highly
developed social structures bound together by shared value systems. The
European Galatians successfully adapted to their new environment, changing
it and being changed by it."
The authors of the article are Dr. Gareth Darbyshire of the Oriental Institute
in Oxford, England; Dr. Stephen Mitchell of the University of Wales in
Swansea, and Dr. Levent Vardar of the Turkish Department of Monuments
and Museums in Ankara.
But they and other researchers, including Dr. Voigt and her colleagues at
Gordion, concede that the Galatians and their culture remain poorly
understood. And no one can be sure what happened to those European
settlers in the city of Midas and Alexander.
Through intermarriage with indigenous people, the originally tall and blond
Galatians probably blended in with others around them. "I don't know how
Celtic they would have looked, even in the time of Paul," said Dr. Hicks, the
But the Galatians were still speaking a form of the Celtic language for several
centuries after Paul. In the fourth century, St. Jerome observed that the
Galatians used a dialect similar to one spoken in the Gallic town of Trier,
back in the Europe they had left in the third century B.C.
[Jeremiah 7:33] AND THE CARCASES OF THIS PEOPLE SHALL BE MEAT FOR THE FOWLS OF THE HEAVEN, AND FOR THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH; AND NONE SHALL FRAY THEM AWAY.
[Jeremiah 7:34] THEN WILL I CAUSE TO CEASE FROM THE CITIES OF JUDAH, AND FROM THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM, THE VOICE OF MIRTH, AND THE VOICE OF GLADNESS, THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM, AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE: FOR THE LAND SHALL BE DESOLATE.
[Jeremiah 8:1] AT THAT TIME, SAITH THE LORD, THEY SHALL BRING OUT THE BONES OF THE KINGS OF JUDAH, AND THE BONES OF HIS PRINCES, AND THE BONES OF THE PRIESTS, AND THE BONES OF THE PROPHETS, AND THE BONES OF THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM, OUT OF THEIR GRAVES:
[Jeremiah 8:2] AND THEY SHALL SPREAD THEM BEFORE THE SUN, AND THE MOON, AND ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN, WHOM THEY HAVE LOVED, AND WHOM THEY HAVE SERVED, AND AFTER WHOM THEY HAVE WALKED, AND WHOM THEY HAVE SOUGHT, AND WHOM THEY HAVE WORSHIPPED: THEY SHALL NOT BE GATHERED, NOR BE BURIED; THEY SHALL BE FOR DUNG UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
[Jeremiah 8:3] AND DEATH SHALL BE CHOSEN RATHER THAN LIFE BY ALL THE RESIDUE OF THEM THAT REMAIN OF THIS EVIL FAMILY, WHICH REMAIN IN ALL THE PLACES WHITHER I HAVE DRIVEN THEM, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS.
[Jeremiah 8:4] MOREOVER THOU SHALT SAY UNTO THEM, THUS SAITH THE LORD; SHALL THEY FALL, AND NOT ARISE? SHALL HE TURN AWAY, AND NOT RETURN?
[Jeremiah 8:5] WHY THEN IS THIS PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM SLIDDEN BACK BY A PERPETUAL BACKSLIDING? THEY HOLD FAST DECEIT, THEY REFUSE TO RETURN.
[Jeremiah 8:6] I HEARKENED AND HEARD, BUT THEY SPAKE NOT ARIGHT: NO MAN REPENTED HIM OF HIS WICKEDNESS, SAYING, WHAT HAVE I DONE? EVERY ONE TURNED TO HIS COURSE, AS THE HORSE RUSHETH INTO THE BATTLE.
[Jeremiah 8:7] YEA, THE STORK IN THE HEAVEN KNOWETH HER APPOINTED TIMES; AND THE TURTLE AND THE CRANE AND THE SWALLOW OBSERVE THE TIME OF THEIR COMING; BUT MY PEOPLE KNOW NOT THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 8:8] HOW DO YE SAY, WE ARE WISE, AND THE LAW OF THE LORD IS WITH US? LO, CERTAINLY IN VAIN MADE HE IT; THE PEN OF THE SCRIBES IS IN VAIN.
The time has come to repent and correct ourselves.
[Jeremiah 8:9] THE WISE MEN ARE ASHAMED, THEY ARE DISMAYED AND TAKEN: LO, THEY HAVE REJECTED THE WORD OF THE LORD; AND WHAT WISDOM IS IN THEM?
[Jeremiah 8:10] THEREFORE WILL I GIVE THEIR WIVES UNTO OTHERS, AND THEIR FIELDS TO THEM THAT SHALL INHERIT THEM: FOR EVERY ONE FROM THE LEAST EVEN UNTO THE GREATEST IS GIVEN TO COVETOUSNESS, FROM THE PROPHET EVEN UNTO THE PRIEST EVERY ONE DEALETH FALSELY.
[Jeremiah 8:11] FOR THEY HAVE HEALED THE HURT OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE SLIGHTLY, SAYING, PEACE, PEACE; WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE.
"Peace In Our Time" betrayed us in the Second World War. The "Peace Now" Movement in Israel is heavily funded by the European Union. They pushed us into the Oslo Agreement. This Movement gave guns to Nazi Arab perverts to shoot Jews with and put them on our doorstep. Numerous causalties of killed and maimed victims have resulted.
[Jeremiah 8:12] WERE THEY ASHAMED WHEN THEY HAD COMMITTED ABOMINATION? NAY, THEY WERE NOT AT ALL ASHAMED, NEITHER COULD THEY BLUSH: THEREFORE SHALL THEY FALL AMONG THEM THAT FALL: IN THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION THEY SHALL BE CAST DOWN, SAITH THE LORD.
WERE THEY ASHAMED? No. They were not and are not now.
[Jeremiah 8:13] I WILL SURELY CONSUME THEM, SAITH THE LORD: THERE SHALL BE NO GRAPES ON THE VINE, NOR FIGS ON THE FIG TREE, AND THE LEAF SHALL FADE; AND THE THINGS THAT I HAVE GIVEN THEM SHALL PASS AWAY FROM THEM.
[Jeremiah 8:14] WHY DO WE SIT STILL? ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES, AND LET US ENTER INTO THE DEFENCED CITIES, AND LET US BE SILENT THERE: FOR THE LORD OUR GOD HATH PUT US TO SILENCE, AND GIVEN US WATER OF GALL TO DRINK, BECAUSE WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 8:15] WE LOOKED FOR PEACE, BUT NO GOOD CAME; AND FOR A TIME OF HEALTH, AND BEHOLD TROUBLE!
[Jeremiah 8:16] THE SNORTING OF HIS HORSES WAS HEARD FROM DAN: THE WHOLE LAND TREMBLED AT THE SOUND OF THE NEIGHING OF HIS STRONG ONES; FOR THEY ARE COME, AND HAVE DEVOURED THE LAND, AND ALL THAT IS IN IT; THE CITY, AND THOSE THAT DWELL THEREIN.
FROM DAN: from Dan in Israel? an area in southeast Turkey was also called Dan. Dan is now found in Denmark and Ireland. Dan was also present in Norway. Is this a hint at the Oslo agreement? A certain critic described my commentaries as morbid. Morbid means (a) diseased (b) psychologically unhealthy (c) preoccupied with unwholesome matters (d) gruesome, etc. This is the Bible given to us in our present state to assist to better ourselves. This is how we are. Why pretend otherwise? We are still in the running and this Book is what is going to guide us all the way through. This Book (the Bible) cleans us and keeps us strong and healthy and in fighting form when necessary.
[Jeremiah 8:17] FOR, BEHOLD, I WILL SEND SERPENTS, COCKATRICES, AMONG YOU, WHICH WILL NOT BE CHARMED, AND THEY SHALL BITE YOU, SAITH THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 8:18] WHEN I WOULD COMFORT MYSELF AGAINST SORROW, MY HEART IS FAINT IN ME.
[Jeremiah 8:19] BEHOLD THE VOICE OF THE CRY OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEM THAT DWELL IN A FAR COUNTRY: IS NOT THE LORD IN ZION? IS NOT HER KING IN HER? WHY HAVE THEY PROVOKED ME TO ANGER WITH THEIR GRAVEN IMAGES, AND WITH STRANGE VANITIES?
[Jeremiah 8:20] THE HARVEST IS PAST, THE SUMMER IS ENDED, AND WE ARE NOT SAVED.
[Jeremiah 8:21] FOR THE HURT OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE AM I HURT; I AM BLACK; ASTONISHMENT HATH TAKEN HOLD ON ME.
[Jeremiah 8:22] IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD; IS THERE NO PHYSICIAN THERE? WHY THEN IS NOT THE HEALTH OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE RECOVERED?
Gilead was to the east of the Jordan River. People from Menasseh dwelt there. Descendants of Gilead today are now mostly in the west of the USA as explained in Joseph by Yair Davidi (2001). This chapter on its simple level is talking about Judah and Judah in its time of trouble does turn to America.
NO BALM IN GILEAD NO PHYSICIAN THERE? Is the Prophet hinting at the effects of chemical warfare and the need for antidotes?
He spoke of above of Dan (Denmark and Scandinavia) and of Zion. They were condemned. Now he speaks of Gilead (the USA) and asks if they cannot help? or Why are they not helping?
[Jeremiah 9:1] OH THAT MY HEAD WERE WATERS, AND MINE EYES A FOUNTAIN OF TEARS, THAT I MIGHT WEEP DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE SLAIN OF THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE!
[Jeremiah 9:2] OH THAT I HAD IN THE WILDERNESS A LODGING PLACE OF WAYFARING MEN; THAT I MIGHT LEAVE MY PEOPLE, AND GO FROM THEM! FOR THEY BE ALL ADULTERERS, AN ASSEMBLY OF TREACHEROUS MEN.
God does NOT want you to commit adultery. It is not necessary. Adultery in Biblical terms is taking any woman who belongs to someone else.
[Jeremiah 9:3] AND THEY BEND THEIR TONGUES LIKE THEIR BOW FOR LIES: BUT THEY ARE NOT VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH UPON THE EARTH; FOR THEY PROCEED FROM EVIL TO EVIL, AND THEY KNOW NOT ME, SAITH THE LORD.
[Jeremiah 9:4] TAKE YE HEED EVERY ONE OF HIS NEIGHBOUR, AND TRUST YE NOT IN ANY BROTHER: FOR EVERY BROTHER WILL UTTERLY SUPPLANT, AND EVERY NEIGHBOUR WILL WALK WITH SLANDERS.
The Book of Proverbs speaks at length about the evil of harboring negative feelings towards others, talking about them and doing them wrong.
[Jeremiah 9:5] AND THEY WILL DECEIVE EVERY ONE HIS NEIGHBOUR, AND WILL NOT SPEAK THE TRUTH: THEY HAVE TAUGHT THEIR TONGUE TO SPEAK LIES, AND WEARY THEMSELVES TO COMMIT INIQUITY.
Teach your tongue to tell the truth. Go out of your way to do so and eventually it will become second nature. You are only permitted not to tell the truth in exceptional circumstances such as saving yourself or others from harm or avoiding needless embarrassment to yourself or others.
[Jeremiah 9:6] THINE HABITATION IS IN THE MIDST OF DECEIT; THROUGH DECEIT THEY REFUSE TO KNOW ME, SAITH THE LORD.
The opposite is also true. Strive to tell the truth and the truth will be revealed to you. You will know when untruth is being said (Rabbi Nachman of Braslav).
[Jeremiah 9:7] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, BEHOLD, I WILL MELT THEM, AND TRY THEM; FOR HOW SHALL I DO FOR THE DAUGHTER OF MY PEOPLE?
[Jeremiah 9:8] THEIR TONGUE IS AS AN ARROW SHOT OUT; IT SPEAKETH DECEIT: ONE SPEAKETH PEACEABLY TO HIS NEIGHBOUR WITH HIS MOUTH, BUT IN HEART HE LAYETH HIS WAIT.
Do not cheat others or mislead them.
[Jeremiah 9:9] SHALL I NOT VISIT THEM FOR THESE THINGS? SAITH THE LORD: SHALL NOT MY SOUL BE AVENGED ON SUCH A NATION AS THIS?
Sometimes we do things without thinking. God will make us pay account for everything we do, even things we though were not important. On the other hand He will also reward us for our good deeds.
[Jeremiah 9:10] FOR THE MOUNTAINS WILL I TAKE UP A WEEPING AND WAILING, AND FOR THE HABITATIONS OF THE WILDERNESS A LAMENTATION, BECAUSE THEY ARE BURNED UP, SO THAT NONE; CAN PASS THROUGH THEM; NEITHER CAN MEN HEAR THE VOICE OF THE CATTLE; BOTH THE FOWL OF THE HEAVENS AND THE BEAST ARE FLED; THEY ARE GONE.
[Jeremiah 9:11] AND I WILL MAKE JERUSALEM HEAPS, AND A DEN OF DRAGONS; AND I WILL MAKE THE CITIES OF JUDAH DESOLATE, WITHOUT AN INHABITANT.
This happened in the Babylonian Captivity.
[Jeremiah 9:12] WHO IS THE WISE MAN THAT MAY UNDERSTAND THIS? AND WHO IS HE TO WHOM THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HATH SPOKEN, THAT HE MAY DECLARE IT, FOR WHAT THE LAND PERISHETH AND IS BURNED UP LIKE A WILDERNESS, THAT NONE PASSETH THROUGH?
[Jeremiah 9:13] AND THE LORD SAITH, BECAUSE THEY HAVE FORSAKEN MY LAW WHICH I SET BEFORE THEM, AND HAVE NOT OBEYED MY VOICE, NEITHER WALKED THEREIN;
We must keep the Law.
[Jeremiah 9:14] BUT HAVE WALKED AFTER THE IMAGINATION OF THEIR OWN HEART, AND AFTER BAALIM, WHICH THEIR FATHERS TAUGHT THEM:
The Ancient Israelites worshipped Baal and also applied the name Baal to God Himself as reported by Hosea.
[Hosea 2:16] AND IT SHALL BE AT THAT DAY, SAITH THE LORD, THAT THOU SHALT CALL ME ISHI; AND SHALT CALL ME NO MORE BAALI.
[Hosea 2:17] FOR I WILL TAKE AWAY THE NAMES OF BAALIM OUT OF HER MOUTH, AND THEY SHALL NO MORE BE REMEMBERED BY THEIR NAME.
The Celtic Inhabitants of Britain called themselves Iberi, or Iberni, or Hiberni which as all names meaning Hebrew. They also worshipped Baal whom they referred to as Bel.
[Jeremiah 9:15] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, THE GOD OF ISRAEL; BEHOLD, I WILL FEED THEM, EVEN THIS PEOPLE, WITH WORMWOOD, AND GIVE THEM WATER OF GALL TO DRINK.
[Jeremiah 9:16] I WILL SCATTER THEM ALSO AMONG THE HEATHEN, WHOM NEITHER THEY NOR THEIR FATHERS HAVE KNOWN: AND I WILL SEND A SWORD AFTER THEM, TILL I HAVE CONSUMED THEM.
[Jeremiah 9:17] THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, CONSIDER YE, AND CALL FOR THE MOURNING WOMEN, THAT THEY MAY COME; AND SEND FOR CUNNING WOMEN, THAT THEY MAY COME:
[Jeremiah 9:18] AND LET THEM MAKE HASTE, AND TAKE UP A WAILING FOR US, THAT OUR EYES MAY RUN DOWN WITH TEARS, AND OUR EYELIDS GUSH OUT WITH WATERS.
[Jeremiah 9:19] FOR A VOICE OF WAILING IS HEARD OUT OF ZION, HOW ARE WE SPOILED! WE ARE GREATLY CONFOUNDED, BECAUSE WE HAVE FORSAKEN THE LAND, BECAUSE OUR DWELLINGS HAVE CAST US OUT.
[Jeremiah 9:20] YET HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, O YE WOMEN, AND LET YOUR EAR RECEIVE THE WORD OF HIS MOUTH, AND TEACH YOUR DAUGHTERS WAILING, AND EVERY ONE HER NEIGHBOUR LAMENTATION.
[Jeremiah 9:21] FOR DEATH IS COME UP INTO OUR WINDOWS, AND IS ENTERED INTO OUR PALACES, TO CUT OFF THE CHILDREN FROM WITHOUT, AND THE YOUNG MEN FROM THE STREETS.
[Jeremiah 9:22] SPEAK, THUS SAITH THE LORD, EVEN THE CARCASES OF MEN SHALL FALL AS DUNG UPON THE OPEN FIELD, AND AS THE HANDFUL AFTER THE HARVESTMAN, AND NONE SHALL GATHERTHEM.
[Jeremiah 9:23] THUS SAITH THE LORD, LET NOT THE WISE MAN GLORY IN HIS WISDOM, NEITHER LET THE MIGHTY MAN GLORY IN HIS MIGHT, LET NOT THE RICH MAN GLORY IN HIS RICHES:
[Jeremiah 9:24] BUT LET HIM THAT GLORIETH GLORY IN THIS, THAT HE UNDERSTANDETH AND KNOWETH ME, THAT I AM THE LORD WHICH EXERCISE LOVINGKINDNESS, JUDGMENT, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, IN THE EARTH: FOR IN THESE THINGS I DELIGHT, SAITH THE LORD.
God wants from us LOVINGKINDNESS, JUDGMENT, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. We are required through deeds and endeavor to know God: THAT HE UNDERSTANDETH AND KNOWETH ME,
[Jeremiah 9:25] BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD, THAT I WILL PUNISH ALL THEM WHICH ARE CIRCUMCISED WITH THE UNCIRCUMCISED;
[Jeremiah 9:26] EGYPT, AND JUDAH, AND EDOM, AND THE CHILDREN OF AMMON, AND MOAB, AND ALL THAT ARE IN THE UTMOST CORNERS, THAT DWELL IN THE WILDERNESS: FOR ALL THESE NATIONS ARE UNCIRCUMCISED, AND ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL ARE UNCIRCUMCISED IN THE HEART.
EGYPT, present-day Egypt or Russia.
AND JUDAH, the Jews
AND EDOM, mainly Germany but also other parts of Europe especially the ruling classes.
AND THE CHILDREN OF AMMON,
AND MOAB, European entities
AND ALL THAT ARE IN THE UTMOST CORNERS, China, Japan
THAT DWELL IN THE WILDERNESS: the rest
[Jeremiah 10:1] HEAR YE THE WORD WHICH THE LORD SPEAKETH UNTO YOU, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL:
HOUSE OF ISRAEL is a term that can be directed to either the Ten Tribes or Judah but quite often it is specifically directed to the Ten Tribes.
[Jeremiah 10:2] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:3] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:4] THEY DECK IT WITH SILVER AND WITH GOLD; THEY FASTEN IT WITH NAILS AND WITH HAMMERS, THAT IT MOVE NOT.
[Jeremiah 10:5] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:6] FORASMUCH AS THERE IS NONE LIKE UNTO THEE, O LORD; THOU ART GREAT, AND THY NAME IS GREAT IN MIGHT.
[Jeremiah 10:7] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:8] BUT THEY ARE ALTOGETHER BRUTISH AND FOOLISH: THE STOCK IS A DOCTRINE OF VANITIES.
[Jeremiah 10:9] 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 from Tarshish in Spain. The Phoenicians had great silver mines there. It was once fabulously rich in silver production.
[Jeremiah 10:10] 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 HISINDIGNATION.
[Jeremiah 10:11] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:12] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:13] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:14] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:15] THEY ARE VANITY, AND THE WORK OF ERRORS: IN THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION THEY SHALL PERISH.
[Jeremiah 10:16] 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.
Despite everything we are His people and He will look after His own.
[Jeremiah 10:17] GATHER UP THY WARES OUT OF THE LAND, O INHABITANT OF THE FORTRESS.
[Jeremiah 10:18] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:19] WOE IS ME FOR MY HURT! MY WOUND IS GRIEVOUS; BUT I SAID, TRULY THIS IS A GRIEF, AND I MUST BEAR IT.
[Jeremiah 10:20] 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.
[Jeremiah 10:21] FOR THE PASTORS ARE BECOME BRUTISH, AND HAVE NOT SOUGHT THE LORD: THEREFORE THEY SHALL NOT PROSPER, AND ALL THEIR FLOCKS SHALL BE SCATTERED.
[Jeremiah 10:22] 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.
Here it is referring expressly to Judah.
[Jeremiah 10:23] O LORD, I KNOW THAT THE WAY OF MAN IS NOT IN HIMSELF: IT IS NOT IN MAN THAT WALKETH TO DIRECT HIS STEPS.
[Jeremiah 10:24] O LORD, CORRECT ME, BUT WITH JUDGMENT; NOT IN THINE ANGER, LEST THOU BRING ME TO NOTHING.
[Jeremiah 10:25] 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.