The Deceitful Heart1The 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. yourtheir 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 armstrength,
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 inhabitedwithout 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 kidneysmind,
Even ad to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the ▼
▼ Lit fruitresults of his deeds.
11“As 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 histhe 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 Meaway 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 Kept19Thus the Lord said to me, “Go and stand in the ▼
▼ Lit gate of the sons of the peoplepublic 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: 21‘Thus 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. 22“You 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 fathersforefathers. 23“Yet they bf did not listen or incline their ears, but bg stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction. 24“But 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. 26“They 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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