God tells Israel not to follow the ways of foreign nations or check their horoscopes.
The peoples of the world have false customs. God leads the reader through a description of how idols are made, showing that they're the work of human hands and not real gods. They're like scarecrows in a cucumber field (yes, it really says that), incapable of evil or good.
Jeremiah agrees that idols are just the creations of goldsmiths and skilled workers.
But God's the real deal, not like those images. The people who encourage idol worship are fools.
The gods who didn't make the earth and heavens are false, temporary, and on deck for destruction.
Jeremiah says that it's God who made the world and who controls nature—lightning, rain, mist, wind, everything.
Idols are just delusions. Wake up, people!
Once Babylon conquers Judea, the people better pack their suitcases for Babylon, because that's where they're going.
Jeremiah cries out as the voice of all of Israel, saying that his tent is broken and his children have been lost and killed.
Israel's like a flock, scattered because of its clueless shepherds who failed to follow God.
The Babylonians are going to destroy Judah so that it will be a place where wild jackals come to hang out.
Jeremiah says that he knows God directs the steps of human beings and that mortals are helpless without him.
He asks God to correct him and his people—but not with anger, because that won't work.
Instead, maybe God could pour out his wrath on some other nations, like the enemies of Israel.