Jeremiah 17

The Deceitful Heart

1The a  sin of Judah is written down with an b  iron stylus;
With a diamond point it is c  engraved upon the tablet of their heart
And on the horns of
So ancient versions; M.T. your
their altars,
2As they remember their e  children,
So they remember their altars and their
I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
,
g  Asherim
By h  green trees on the high hills.
3O i  mountain of Mine in the countryside,
I will j  give over your wealth and all your treasures for booty,
Your high places for sin throughout your borders.
4And you will, even of yourself, k  let go of your inheritance
That I gave you;
And I will make you serve your l  enemies
In the m  land which you do not know;
For you have n  kindled a fire in My anger
Which will burn forever.

5Thus says the  Lord,
o  Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes p  flesh his
Lit arm
strength,
And whose heart turns away from the  Lord.
6“For he will be like a r  bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A s  land of salt
Lit and is not inhabited
without inhabitant.
7 u  Blessed is the man who trusts in the  Lord
And whose v  trust is the  Lord.
8“For he will be like a w  tree 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 x  drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.

9“The y  heart is more z  deceitful than all else
And is desperately aa  sick;
Who can understand it?
10“I, the  Lord ab  search the heart,
I test the
Lit kidneys
mind,
Even ad  to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the
Lit fruit
results of his deeds.
11As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid,
So is he who af  makes a fortune, but unjustly;
In the midst of his days it will forsake him,
And in
Lit his
the end he will be a ah  fool.”

12 ai  A glorious throne on high from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
13O  Lord, the aj  hope of Israel,
All who ak  forsake You will be put to shame.
Those who turn
Lit away from Me
away on earth will be am  written down,
Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the  Lord.
14 an  Heal me, O  Lord, and I will be healed;
ao  Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my ap  praise.
15Look, they keep aq  saying to me,
Where is the word of the  Lord?
Let it come now!”
16But as for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after You,
Nor have I longed for the woeful day;
ar  You Yourself know that the utterance of my lips
Was in Your presence.
17Do not be a as  terror to me;
You are my at  refuge in the day of disaster.
18Let those who persecute me be au  put to shame, but as for me, av  let me not be put to shame;
Let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed.
aw  Bring on them a day of disaster,
And crush them with twofold destruction!

The Sabbath Must Be Kept

19Thus the  Lord said to me, “Go and stand in the
Lit gate of the sons of the people
public gate, through which the kings of Judah come in and go out, as well as in all the gates of Jerusalem;
20and say to them, ‘ ay  Listen to the word of the  Lord az  kings of Judah, and all Judah and all inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates: 21Thus says the  Lord, ba  Take heed for yourselves, and bb  do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem. 22You shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day bc  nor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I bd  commanded your
Lit fathers
forefathers.
23“Yet they bf  did not listen or incline their ears, but bg  stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

24But it will come about, if you bh  listen attentively to Me,” declares the  Lord, “to bi  bring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, bj  but to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no work on it, 25 bk  then there will come in through the gates of this city kings and princes bl  sitting 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 bm  city will be inhabited forever. 26They will come in from the bn  cities of Judah and from the environs of Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the bo  lowland, from the hill country and from the bp  Negev, bringing burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving to the house of the  Lord. 27“But bq  if 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 br  I will kindle a fire in its gates and it will bs  devour the palaces of Jerusalem and bt  not be quenched.”’”
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