Jeremiah 17:1-18 (New American Standard)

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The Deceitful Heart

1 The 1sin of Judah is written down with an 2iron stylus; With a diamond point it is 3engraved upon the tablet of their heart And on the horns of atheir altars, 2 As they remember their 4children, So they remember their altars and their b5Asherim By 6green trees on the high hills. 3 O 7mountain of Mine in the countryside, I will 8give over your wealth and all your treasures for booty, Your high places for sin throughout your borders. 4 And you will, even of yourself, 9let go of your inheritance That I gave you; And I will make you serve your 10enemies In the 11land which you do not know; For you have 12kindled a fire in My anger Which will burn forever . 5 Thus says the LORD, "13Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes 14flesh his cstrength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 "For he will be like a 15bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A 16land of salt dwithout inhabitant. 7 "17Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose 18trust is the LORD. 8 "For he will be like a 19tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of 20drought Nor cease to yield fruit. 9 "The 21heart is more 22deceitful than all else And is desperately 23sick; Who can understand it? 10 "I, the LORD, 24search the heart, I test the emind, Even 25to give to each man according to his ways, According to the fresults of his deeds. 11 "As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who 26makes a fortune, but unjustly ; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in gthe end he will be a 27fool." 12 28A glorious throne on high from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O LORD, the 29hope of Israel, All who 30forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn haway on earth will be 31written down, Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD. 14 32Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; 33Save me and I will be saved, For You are my 34praise. 15 Look, they keep 35saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now!" 16 But as for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after You, Nor have I longed for the woeful day; 36You Yourself know that the utterance of my lips Was in Your presence. 17 Do not be a 37terror to me; You are my 38refuge in the day of disaster. 18 Let those who persecute me be 39put to shame, but as for me, 40let me not be put to shame; Let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed. 41Bring on them a day of disaster, And crush them with twofold destruction!
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