17 “The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus,
with a point of diamond it is engraved
on the tablet of their heart,
and on the horns of their altars.
so is the remembering of their altars
and their poles of Asherah worship
beside the leafy treesa on the high hills.
I will give your wealth, all your treasures, for spoil,
your high places, because of your sin,
throughout all your territories.
4 And ⌊you will let go your hand from your inheritance⌋b
that I gave to you,
and I will make you serve your enemies
in the land that you do not know,
for you kindled a fire in my anger,
until eternity it will be kindled.”
5 Thus says Yahweh,
“Cursed is the person who trusts in humankind
and makes flesh his ⌊strength⌋,c
and turns aside his heart from Yahweh.
6 And he will be like a juniper in the wilderness,d
and he will not see when good comes,
and he will dwell in the parched places in the desert,e
in a land of salt flats,f where no one lives.
and Yahweh is his trust.
and to the stream it sends its roots,
and it will not fear when heat comes,
and its leavesg will be luxuriant,
and in the year of drought it will not be anxious,
and it will not cease from the bearing of fruit.
and it is disastrous. Who can understand it?
10 I, Yahweh, examine the ⌊mind⌋,h
I test the ⌊heart⌋,i
and give to each one according to his way,
according to the fruit of his deeds.
is one who amasses wealth without justice.
In the middle of his days it will leave him,
and at his end he will prove to be a fool.”
12 A lofty throne of glory from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
all those who forsake you will be put to shame,
and those who turn aside from you in the earth will be recorded,
for they have forsaken the fountain of living water, Yahweh.
Literally “you shall loose and in you from your inheritance”
Hebrew “salt flat”