Jeremiah 17:5-10; Jeremiah 17:14-17
This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
"But blessed is the man who trusts 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. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
They keep saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!"
I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before you.
Do not be a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster.