"Judah's sin is engraved with an iron tool,1 inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts2 and on the horns3 of their altars.
Even their children remember their altars and Asherah polesa4 beside the spreading trees and on the high hills.53
My mountain in the land and yourb wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder,6 together with your high places,7 because of sin throughout your country.84
Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance9 I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies10 in a land11 you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn12 forever."
This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man,13 who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.146
He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places15 of the desert, in a salt16 land where no one lives.
"But blessed17 is the man who trusts18 in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.19 It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought20 and never fails to bear fruit."21