Jeremiah 17

The Sin of Judah

1“The sin of Judah is written with a  a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on b  the tablet of their heart, and on c  the horns of their altars, 2while d  their children remember their altars and their e  Asherim, f  beside every green tree and on the high hills, 3 g  on the mountains in the open country. h  Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, i  and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, j  for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”

5 Thus says the  Lord:
Cursed is the man k  who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
Hebrew arm

whose heart turns away from the  Lord.
6 m  He is like a shrub in the desert,
n  and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in o  an uninhabited salt land.
7 p  Blessed is the man who trusts in the  Lord,
q  whose trust is the  Lord.
8 r  He 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 s  “I the  Lord search the heart
t  and test the mind
Hebrew kidneys

v  to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”
11 Like the w  partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,
so is x  he who gets riches but not by justice;
y  in the midst of his days they will leave him,
z  and at his end he will be a fool.
12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
13O  Lord aa  the hope of Israel,
ab  all who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you
Hebrew me
ad  shall be written in the earth,
for ae  they have forsaken af  the  Lord, the fountain of living water.

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance

14 ag  Heal me, O  Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved,
for ah  you are my praise.
15 ai  Behold, they say to me,
Where is the word of the  Lord?
Let it come!”
16I have not run away from being your shepherd,
nor have I desired the day of sickness.
aj  You know ak  what came out of my lips;
it was before your face.
17Be not a terror to me;
al  you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18 am  Let those be put to shame who persecute me,
but let me not be put to shame;
an  let them be dismayed,
but let me not be dismayed;
ao  bring upon them the day of disaster;
destroy them with double destruction!

Keep the Sabbath Holy

19Thus said the  Lord to me: “Go and stand in the People’s Gate, by which ap  the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20and say: ‘Hear the word of the  Lord, aq  you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21Thus says the  Lord: Take care for the sake of your lives, and ar  do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath as  or do any work, but at  keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers. 23Yet au  they did not listen or incline their ear, av  but stiffened their neck, that they aw  might not hear and receive instruction.

24“‘But if you listen to me, declares the  Lord, and ax  bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but ay  keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25then az  there shall enter by the gates of this city kings and princes who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall be inhabited forever. 26And people shall come from ba  the cities of Judah bb  and the places around Jerusalem, bc  from the land of Benjamin, bd  from the Shephelah, from the hill country, be  and from bf  the Negeb, bringing bg  burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and bh  bringing thank offerings to the house of the  Lord. 27But if you do not listen to me, to bi  keep the Sabbath day holy, bj  and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will bk  kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall bl  devour the palaces of Jerusalem and bm  shall not be quenched.’”

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