Jeremiah 17:1-13

The Sin of Judah

1 "The sin of Judah is written with 1a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on 2the tablet of their heart, and on 3the horns of their altars,
2 while 4their children remember their altars and their 5Asherim, 6beside every green tree and on the high hills,
3 7on the mountains in the open country. 8Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory.
4 You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, 9and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, 10for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever."
5 Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man 11who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,a whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 12He is like a shrub in the desert, 13and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in 14an uninhabited salt land.
7 15"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, 16whose trust is the LORD.
8 17He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
10 18"I the LORD search the heart 19and test the mind,b 20to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."
11 Like the 21partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch, so is 22he who gets riches but not by justice; 23in the midst of his days they will leave him, 24and at his end he will be a fool.
12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O LORD, 25the hope of Israel, 26all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from youc27shall be written in the earth, for 28they have forsaken 29the LORD, the fountain of living water.
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