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Jeremiah: 17

The sin & punishment of Judah.  Jr.17.1-4

1"The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, 2while their children remember their altars and their Ashe'rim, beside every green tree, and on the high hills, 3on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin Correction: Heb: your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4You shall loosen your hand Correction: Heb: and in you from your heritage which I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land which you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled which shall burn for ever."

Various sayings.  Jr.17.5-13

5Thus says the LORD:
"Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his arm,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

7"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit."

9The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately corrupt;
who can understand it?
10"I the LORD search the mind
and try the heart,
to give to every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his doings."

11Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch,
so is he who gets riches but not by right;
in the midst of his days they will leave him,
and at his end he will be a fool.

12A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
13O LORD, the hope of Israel,
all who forsake thee shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from thee Heb: me shall be written in the earth,
for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.

Jeremiah asks for help.  Jr.17.14-18

14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for thou art my praise.
15Behold, they say to me,
"Where is the word of the LORD?
Let it come!"
16I have not pressed thee to send evil,
nor have I desired the day of disaster,
thou knowest;
that which came out of my lips
was before thy face.
17Be not a terror to me;
thou art my refuge in the day of evil.
18Let those be put to shame who persecute me,
but let me not be put to shame;
let them be dismayed,
but let me not be dismayed;
bring upon them the day of evil;
destroy them with double destruction!

Sabbath observance.  Jr.17.19-27

19Thus said the LORD to me: "Go and stand in the Benjamin Correction: Heb: sons of people Gate, by which the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20and say: 'Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21Thus says the LORD: Take heed for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers. 23Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.

24"'But if you listen to me, says the LORD, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but keep the sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings Correction: Heb: kings and princes who sit on 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. 26And people shall come from the cities of Judah and the places round about Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the Shephe'lah, from the hill country, and from the Negeb, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, cereal offerings and frankincense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the LORD. 27But if you do not listen to me, to keep the sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.'"


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