17 “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,h
inscribed with a flint point,
on the tablets of their heartsi
and on the hornsj of their altars.
2 Even their children remember
their altars and Asherah polesa k
beside the spreading trees
and on the high hills.l
and yourb wealth and all your treasures
I will give away as plunder,m
together with your high places,n
because of sin throughout your country.o
4 Through your own fault you will lose
the inheritancep I gave you.
I will enslave you to your enemiesq
in a landr you do not know,
for you have kindled my anger,
and it will burns forever.”
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,t
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.u
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched placesv of the desert,
in a saltw land where no one lives.
7 “But blessedx is the one who trustsy in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.z
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of droughta
and never fails to bear fruit.”b
9 The heartc is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heartd
and examine the mind,e
to rewardf each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”g
11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay
are those who gain riches by unjust means.
When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them,
and in the end they will prove to be fools.h
12 A glorious throne,i exalted from the beginning,
is the place of our sanctuary.
13 Lord, you are the hopej of Israel;
all who forsakek you will be put to shame.
Those who turn away from you will be written in the dustl
because they have forsaken the Lord,
the spring of living water.m
14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;n
saveo me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.p
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it now be fulfilled!”q
16 I have not run away from being your shepherd;
you know I have not desired the day of despair.
What passes my lipsr is open before you.
17 Do not be a terrors to me;
you are my refuget in the day of disaster.u
18 Let my persecutors be put to shame,
but keep me from shame;
let them be terrified,
but keep me from terror.
Bring on them the day of disaster;
destroy them with double destruction.v
19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People,c through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.w 20 Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalemx who come through these gates.y 21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbathz day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.a 23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention;b they were stiff-neckedc and would not listen or respond to discipline.d 24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the Lord, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holye by not doing any work on it, 25 then kings who sit on David’s thronef will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.g 26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev,h bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not obeyi me to keep the Sabbathj day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable firek in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’ ”l
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