Jeremiah 17

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 their altars,
2 As they remember their 4children, So they remember their altars and their 5Asherim 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 strength, 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 without 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 mind, Even 25to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results 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 the 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 away 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!

The Sabbath Must Be Kept

19 Thus the LORD said to me, "Go and stand in the public gate, through which the kings of Judah come in and go out, as well as in all the gates of Jerusalem;
20 and say to them, '42Listen to the word of the LORD, 43kings of Judah, and all Judah and all inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates:
21 'Thus says the LORD, "44Take heed for yourselves, and 45do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem.
22 "You shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day 46nor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I 47commanded your forefathers.
23 "Yet they 48did not listen or incline their ears, but 49stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.
24 "But it will come about, if you 50listen attentively to Me," declares the LORD, "to 51bring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, 52but to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no * work on it,
25 53then there will come in through the gates of this city kings and princes 54sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and this 55city will be inhabited forever.
26 "They will come in from the 56cities of Judah and from the environs of Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the 57lowland, from the hill country and from the 58Negev, bringing burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving to the house of the LORD.
27 "But 59if you do not listen to Me to keep the sabbath day holy by not carrying a load and coming in through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then 60I will kindle a fire in its gates and it will 61devour the palaces of Jerusalem and 62not be quenched.""'
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