The Sin of Judah

Jeremiah 17

1 "The sin of Judah is a written with a b pen of iron;
With the point of a diamond it is c engraved
On the tablet of their heart,
And on the horns of your altars,
2 While their children remember
Their altars and their d wooden 1 images 2
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 e the land which you do not know;
For f you have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever."

5 Thus says the LORD:
g "Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes h flesh his 3 strength,
Whose heart departs from the LORD.
6 For he shall be i like a shrub in the desert,
And j shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
k In a salt land which is not inhabited.

7 "Blessed l is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be m like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not 4 fear 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 n heart is deceitful above all things,
And 5 desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the LORD, o search the heart,
I test the 6 mind,
p Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

11 " As a partridge that 7 broods but does not hatch,
So is he who gets riches, but not by right;
It q will leave him in the midst of his days,
And at his end he will be r a fool."

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O LORD, s the hope of Israel,
t All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
"Those who depart from Me
Shall be u written in the earth,
Because they have forsaken the LORD,
The v fountain of living waters."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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