"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 are those who trust in mortals,13 who depend on flesh for their strength and whose hearts turn away from the LORD.146
They will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places15 of the desert, in a salt16 land where no one lives.
"But blessed17 are those who trust18 in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
They 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."219
The heart22 is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
"I the LORD search the heart23 and examine the mind,24 to reward25 everyone according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."2611
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.2712
A glorious throne,28 exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary.
LORD, you are the hope29 of Israel; all who forsake30 you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust31 because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.3214
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed;33 save34 me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.3515
They keep saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!"3616
I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips37 is open before you.
Do not be a terror38 to me; you are my refuge39 in the day of disaster.4018
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction.41
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and stand at the gate of the people, through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.4220
Say to them, 'Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem43 who come through these gates.4421
This is what the LORD says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath45 day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.
Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.4623
Yet they did not listen or pay attention;47 they were stiff-necked48 and would not listen or respond to discipline.4924
But if you are careful to obey me, declares the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy50 by not doing any work on it,
then kings who sit on David's throne51 will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.5226
People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev,53 bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
But if you do not obey54 me to keep the Sabbath55 day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire56 in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.' "57