Jeremiah 17

1 “The sin of Judah (Yehudah) is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond; it is engraved upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their Asherim by the green trees upon the high hills.

3 O My mountain in the field, I will give your substance and all your treasures to the spoil, and your high places for sin, throughout all your borders.

4 And you, even yourself, shalt discontinue from your heritage that I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you knowest not; for you have kindled a fire in Mine anger, which shall burn forever.”

5 Thus saith יהוה: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from יהוה.

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

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in יהוה, and whose hope is יהוה.

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

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

10 I, יהוה search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

13 O יהוה, the hope of Yisrael, all that forsake You shall be ashamed. “And those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken יהוה, the fountain of living waters.”

14 Heal me, O יהוה, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.

15 Behold, they say unto me, “Where is the word of יהוה? Let it come now.”

16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you; neither have I desired the woeful day; You knowest; that which came out of my lips was right before You.

17 Be not a terror unto me: You are my hope in the day of evil.

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

19 Thus said יהוה unto me: “Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah (Yehudah) come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim);

20 And say unto them, ‘Hear you the word of יהוה, you kings of Judah (Yehudah), and all Judah (Yehudah), and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), that enter in by these gates.

21 ‘Thus saith יהוה: “Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Shabbat day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim);

22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Shabbat, nor do you any work, but hallow you the Shabbat, as I commanded your fathers.

23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

24 And it shall come to pass, if you diligently hearken unto Me, saith יהוה, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the Shabbat day, but hallow the Shabbat day, to do no work therein;

25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of Dawid, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah (Yehudah), and the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and this city shall remain forever.

26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah (Yehudah), and from the places about Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and from the land of Benjamin (Binyamin), and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of יהוה.

27 But if you will not hearken unto Me to hallow the Shabbat, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) on the Shabbat; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and it shall not be quenched.”’”