Jeremiah 17:2–22

2 While their children remember

Their altars and their dwooden 1images

By the green trees on the high hills.

3 O My mountain in the field,

I will give as plunder your wealth, all your treasures,

And your high places of sin within all your borders.

4 And you, even yourself,

Shall let go of your heritage which I gave you;

And I will cause you to serve your enemies

In ethe land which you do not know;

For fyou have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever.”

Thus says the Lord:

g“Cursed is the man who trusts in man

And makes hflesh his 2strength,

Whose heart departs from the Lord.

6 For he shall be ilike a shrub in the desert,

And jshall not see when good comes,

But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,

kIn a salt land which is not inhabited.

7 “Blessed lis the man who trusts in the Lord,

And whose hope is the Lord.

8 For he shall be mlike a tree planted by the waters,

Which spreads out its roots by the river,

And will not 3fear when heat comes;

But its leaf will be green,

And will not be anxious in the year of drought,

Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

9 “The nheart is deceitful above all things,

And 4desperately wicked;

Who can know it?

10 I, the Lord, osearch the heart,

I test the 5mind,

pEven to give every man according to his ways,

According to the fruit of his doings.

11 As a partridge that 6broods but does not hatch,

So is he who gets riches, but not by right;

It qwill leave him in the midst of his days,

And at his end he will be ra fool.”

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning

Is the place of our sanctuary.

13 O Lord, sthe hope of Israel,

tAll who forsake You shall be ashamed.

“Those who depart from Me

Shall be uwritten in the earth,

Because they have forsaken the Lord,

The vfountain of living waters.”

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance

14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;

Save me, and I shall be saved,

For wYou are my praise.

15 Indeed they say to me,

x“Where is the word of the Lord?

Let it come now!”

16 As for me, yI have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You,

Nor have I desired the woeful day;

You know what came out of my lips;

It was right there before You.

17 Do not be a terror to me;

zYou are my hope in the day of doom.

18 aLet them be ashamed who persecute me,

But bdo not let me be put to shame;

Let them be dismayed,

But do not let me be dismayed.

Bring on them the day of doom,

And cdestroy 7them with double destruction!

Hallow the Sabbath Day

19 Thus the Lord said to me: “Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, by which the kings of Judah come in and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20 and say to them, d‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21 Thus says the Lord: e“Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 nor carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day, as I fcommanded your fathers.

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