Jeremias 17

1 The sin of Judah [is] written with a pen of iron [and] with the point of a diamond; [it is] graven upon the table of their heart and upon the horns of your altars

2 that their sons might remember their altars and their groves, by the green trees and upon the high hills.

3 My mountain dweller! In the field are thy riches; all thy treasures I will give to the spoil, because of the sin of thy high places throughout all thy borders.

4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou dost not know: for ye have kindled a fire in my anger, [which] shall burn for ever.

5 Thus hath the LORD said; Cursed [be] the man that trusts in man and makes flesh his arm and whose heart departs from the LORD.

6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, [in] a salt land and not inhabited.

7 Blessed [is] the man that is steadfast in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, [that] spreads out her roots by the river and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green and shall not be fatigued in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things] and desperately wicked; who shall know it?

10 I the LORD search the heart; [I] try the kidneys, even to give each man according to his ways [and] according to the fruit of his doings.

11 As the partridge that steals that which she did not hatch, [is] he that gets riches and not with righteousness; in the midst of his days he shall leave them, and at his end shall be a fool.

12 The throne of glory, height from the beginning, [is] the place of our sanctification.

13 O hope of Israel! LORD, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed; [and] those that depart from me shall be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou [art] my praise.

15 Behold, they say unto me, Where [is] the word of the LORD? let it come now.

16 For I did not take it upon myself to be a pastor following thee; neither have I desired the woeful day; thou dost know: that which came out of my lips has come forth in thy presence.

17 Do not be a terror unto me; thou [art] my hope in the day of evil.

18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but do not let me be confounded; let them be dismayed; but do not let me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil and destroy them with double destruction.

19 Thus said the LORD unto me: Go and stand in the gate of the sons of the people by which the kings of Judah come in and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

20 and say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

21 Thus hath the LORD said: Take heed for your lives, and bring no burden on the sabbath day to bring [it] in by the gates of Jerusalem;

22 neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do any work, but sanctify the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers,

23 who did not hear, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive correction.

24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day but sanctify the sabbath day to do no work therein,

25 [then] shall there enter in by the gates of this city, the kings and the princes, who sit upon 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 city shall be inhabited for ever.

26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah and from the places about Jerusalem and from the land of Benjamin and from the fields and from the mountain and from the south, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices and presents and incense, and bringing [the] sacrifice of praise unto the house of the LORD.

27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to sanctify the sabbath day, and not to bring burdens nor bring it in through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then I will kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.: