Jeremiah 17
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The Persistent Sin of Judah

1The sin of Judah is inscribed

with an iron stylus.a

With a diamond point

it is engraved on the tablet of their heartsb

and on the horns of theirA altars,

2while their children remember their altars

and their Asherah poles, by the green trees

on the high hills a

3my mountains in the countryside.

I will give up your wealth

and all your treasures as plundera

because of the sin of your high placesA

in all your borders.b

4You will, on your own, relinquish your inheritance

that I gave you.

I will make you serve your enemies

in a land you do not know,a

for you have set my anger on fire;b

it will burn forever.

Curse and Blessing

5This is what the Lord says:

Cursed is the person who trusts in mankind.a

He makes human flesh his strength,b

and his heart turns from the Lord.

6He will be like a juniper in the Arabah;a

he cannot see when good comes

but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness,

in a salt land where no one lives.b

7The person who trusts in the Lord,

whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.a

8He will be like a tree planted by water:a

it sends its roots out toward a stream,

it doesn’t fear when heat comes,

and its foliage remains green.

It will not worry in a year of drought

or cease producing fruit.

The Deceitful Heart

9The heart is more deceitful than anything else,a

and incurable — who can understand it?b

10I, the Lord, examine the mind,

I test the hearta a

to give to each according to his way,

according to what his actions deserve.b

11He who makes a fortune unjustly

is like a partridge that hatches eggs it didn’t lay.

In the middle of his life

his riches will abandon him,

so in the end he will be a fool.a

12A glorious thronea

on highb from the beginning

is the place of our sanctuary.c

13Lord, the hope of Israel,a

all who abandon you

will be put to shame.

All who turn away from me

will be written in the dirt,

for they have abandoned

the Lord, the fountain of living water.b

Jeremiah’s Plea

14Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;

save me, and I will be saved,

for you are my praise.a

15Hear how they keep challenging me,a

“Where is the word of the Lord?

Let it come! ”

16But I have not run away from being your shepherd,

and I have not longed for the fatal day.a

You know my words were spoken in your presence.

17Don’t become a terror to me.

You are my refugea in the day of disaster.

18Let my persecutors be put to shame,a

but don’t let me be put to shame.

Let them be terrified, but don’t let me be terrified.

Bring on them the day of disaster;b

shatter them with totalA destruction.

Observing the Sabbath

19This is what the Lord said to me, “Go and stand at the People’s Gate, through which the kings of Judah enter and leave, as well as at all the gates of Jerusalem. 20Announce to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, kings of Judah, all Judah, and all the residents of Jerusalem who enter through these gates. 21This is what the Lord says: Watch yourselves; do not pick up a load and bring it in through Jerusalem’s gates on the Sabbath day.a 22Do not carry a load out of your houses on the Sabbath day or do any work,a but keep the Sabbath day holy, just as I commanded your ancestors.b 23They wouldn’t listen or pay attention but became obstinate,a not listening or accepting discipline.

24“ ‘However, if you listen to me — this is the Lord’s declaration — and do not bring loads through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25kings and princes will enter through the gates of this city. They will sit on the throne of David;a they will ride in chariots and on horsesb with their officials, the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem. This city will be inhabited forever. 26Then people will come from the cities of Judah and from the area around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from the Judean foothills, from the hill country and from the Negeva bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and thanksgiving sacrifices to the house of the Lord. 27But if you do not listen to me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying a load while entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, I will set fire to its gates,a and it will consume the citadelsb of Jerusalemc and not be extinguished.’ ”d

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