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Jeremiah 17:6-16 (Holman Christian Standard)

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6 He will be like a juniper in the Arabah;a he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.b 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord.c 8 He will be like a tree planted by water:d it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn't fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

The Deceitful Heart

9 The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick-who can understand it?e 10 I, the Lord, examine the mind, I test the heartfg to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.h 11 He who makes a fortune unjustly is [like] a partridge that hatches eggs it didn't lay. In the middle of his days [his riches] will abandon him, so in the end he will be a fool. 12 A throne of gloryi on highj from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary,k 13 Lord, the hope of Israel,l all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away from Me will be written in the dirt, for they have abandoned the fountain of living water,m the Lord.

Jeremiah's Plea

14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise.n 15 Hear how they keep challenging me, "Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come!" 16 But I have not run away from being Your shepherd, and I have not longed for the fatal day. You know my words were spoken in Your presence.
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