NASB — Jeremiah 17 — KJV

The Deceitful Heart

  1 The asin of Judah is written down with an biron stylus;
  With a diamond point it is cengraved upon the tablet of their heart
  And on the horns of Itheir altars,
  2 As they remember their achildren,
  So they [remember] their altars and their IbAsherim
  By cgreen trees on the high hills.
  3 O amountain of Mine in the countryside,
  I will bgive over your wealth and all your treasures for booty,
  Your high places for sin throughout your borders.
  4 And you will, even of yourself, alet go of your inheritance
  That I gave you;
  And I will make you serve your benemies
  In the cland which you do not know;
  For you have dkindled a fire in My anger
  Which will burn forever.

[1] ISo ancient versions; M.T. your aJr 2:22; 4:14 bJb 19:24 cPv 3:3; 7:3; Is 49:16; 2Co 3:3
[2] II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity aJr 7:18 bEx 34:13; 2Ch 24:18; 33:3; Is 17:8 cJr 3:6
[3] aJr 26:18; Mi 3:12 b2K 24:13; Is 39:4-6; Jr 15:13; 20:5
[4] aJr 12:7; Lm 5:2 bDt 28:48; Is 14:3; Jr 15:14; 27:12, 13 cJr 16:13 dIs 5:25; Jr 7:20; 15:14

  5 ¶ Thus says the LORD,
  “aCursed is the man who trusts in mankind
  And makes bflesh his Istrength,
  And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
  6 “For he will be like a abush in the desert
  And will not see when prosperity comes,
  But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
  A bland of salt Iwithout inhabitant.
  7aBlessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
  And whose btrust is the LORD.
  8 “For he will be like a atree planted by the water,
  That extends its roots by a stream
  And will not fear when the heat comes;
  But its leaves will be green,
  And it will not be anxious in a year of bdrought
  Nor cease to yield fruit.

[5] ILit arm aPs 146:3; Is 2:22; 30:1; Ezk 29:7 b2Ch 32:8; Is 31:3
[6] ILit and is not inhabited aJr 48:6 bDt 29:23; Jb 39:6
[7] aPs 2:12; 34:8; 84:12; Pv 16:20 bPs 40:4
[8] aPs 1:3; 92:12-14; Ezk 31:3-9 bJr 14:1-6

  9 ¶ “The aheart is more bdeceitful than all else
  And is desperately csick;
  Who can understand it?
  10 “I, the LORD, asearch the heart,
  I test the Imind,
  Even bto give to each man according to his ways,
  According to the IIresults of his deeds.
  11 “As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid,
  [So] is he who amakes a fortune, but unjustly;
  In the midst of his days it will forsake him,
  And in Ithe end he will be a bfool.”

[9] aEc 9:3; Mk 7:21, 22 bRo 7:11; Ep 4:22 cIs 1:5, 6; 6:10; Mt 13:15; Mk 2:17; Ro 1:21
[10] ILit kidneys IILit fruit a1S 16:7; 1Ch 28:9; Ps 139:23; Pv 17:3; Jr 11:20; 20:12; Ro 8:27; Rv 2:23 bPs 62:12; Jr 32:19; Ro 2:6
[11] ILit his aJr 6:13; 8:10; 22:13, 17 bLk 12:20

  12aA glorious throne on high from the beginning
  Is the place of our sanctuary.
  13 O LORD, the ahope of Israel,
  All who bforsake You will be put to shame.
  Those who turn Iaway on earth will be cwritten down,
  Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD.
  14 aHeal me, O LORD, and I will be healed;
  bSave me and I will be saved,
  For You are my cpraise.
  15 Look, they keep asaying to me,
  “Where is the word of the LORD?
  Let it come now!”
  16 But as for me, I have not hurried away from [being] a shepherd after You,
  Nor have I longed for the woeful day;
  aYou Yourself know that the utterance of my lips
  Was in Your presence.
  17 Do not be a aterror to me;
  You are my brefuge in the day of disaster.
  18 Let those who persecute me be aput to shame, but as for me, blet me not be put to shame;
  Let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed.
  cBring on them a day of disaster,
  And crush them with twofold destruction!

[12] aJr 3:17; 14:21
[13] ILit away from Me aJr 14:8; 50:7 bIs 1:28 cLk 10:20
[14] aJr 30:17; 33:6 bPs 54:1; 60:5 cDt 10:21; Ps 109:1
[15] aIs 5:19; 2P 3:4
[16] aJr 12:3
[17] aPs 88:15 bJr 16:19; Na 1:7
[18] aPs 35:4, 26; Jr 17:13; 20:11 bJr 1:17 cPs 35:8

The Sabbath Must Be Kept

19 ¶ Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and stand in the Ipublic gate, through which the kings of Judah come in and go out, as well as in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20 and say to them, ‘aListen to the word of the LORD, bkings of Judah, and all Judah and all inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates: 21 Thus says the LORD, “aTake heed for yourselves, and bdo not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 You shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day anor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I bcommanded your Iforefathers. 23 Yet they adid not listen or incline their ears, but bstiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

[19] ILit gate of the sons of the people
[20] aEzk 2:7 bPs 49:1, 2; Jr 19:3, 4
[21] aDt 4:9, 15, 23; Mk 4:24 bNu 15:32-36; Ne 13:15-21; Jn 5:9-12
[22] ILit fathers aEx 16:23-29; 20:8-10; Dt 5:12-14; Is 56:2-6; 58:13 bEx 31:13-17; Ezk 20:12; Zc 1:4
[23] aJr 7:24, 28; 11:10 bPv 29:1; Jr 7:26; 19:15

24 ¶ “But it will come about, if you alisten attentively to Me,” declares the LORD, “to bbring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, cbut to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no work on it, 25 athen there will come in through the gates of this city kings and princes bsitting 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 ccity will be inhabited forever. 26 They will come in from the acities of Judah and from the environs of Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the blowland, from the hill country and from the cNegev, bringing burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving to the house of the LORD. 27 But aif you do not listen to Me to keep the sabbath day holy by not carrying a load and coming in through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then bI will kindle a fire in its gates and it will cdevour the palaces of Jerusalem and dnot be quenched.”’”

[24] aEx 15:26; Dt 11:13; Is 21:7; 55:2 bJr 17:21, 22 cEx 20:8-11; Ezk 20:20
[25] aJr 22:4 b2S 7:16; Is 9:7; Jr 33:15, 17, 21; Lk 1:32 cPs 132:13, 14; He 12:22
[26] aJr 32:44; 33:13 bZc 7:7 cPs 107:22; Jr 33:11
[27] aIs 1:20; Jr 22:5; 26:4; Zc 7:11-14 bLm 4:11 c2K 25:9; Jr 39:8; Am 2:5 dJr 7:20; Ezk 20:47


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The captivity of Judah for her sin.

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 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. 3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance [and] all thy treasures to the spoil, [and] thy high places for sin, 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 knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, [which] shall burn for ever.

[1] Lv 4:17, 25; Jb 19:23; Pv 3:3; 7:3; Ho 12:11; 2Co 3:3.
[2] Jg 3:7; 2Ch 24:18; 33:3, 19; Ps 78:58; Is 1:29; 17:8; Jr 2:20; 7:18; Ezk 20:28; Ho 4:13.
[3] Lv 26:30; 2K 24:13; 25:13; Is 2:2; 27:9; 39:4; Jr 12:12; 15:13; 26:18; 52:15; Lm 1:10; 5:17; Ezk 6:3; 7:20; 16:39; Mi 1:5; 3:12; 4:1.
[4] Lv 26:31; Dt 4:26; 28:25, 47; 29:26; 32:22; Jsh 23:15; 1K 9:7; 2K 25:21; Ne 9:28; Is 5:25; 14:3; 30:33; 66:24; Jr 5:29; 7:20; 15:14; 16:13; 25:9; 27:12; Lm 1:12; Ezk 20:47; 21:31; Na 1:5; Mk 9:43.

Trust in man is cursed,

5 ¶ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 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.

[5] 2Ch 32:8; Ps 18:21; 62:9; 118:8; 146:3; Is 2:22; 30:1; 31:1, 3; 36:6; 59:15; Ezk 6:9; 29:6; Ho 1:2; He 3:12.
[6] Dt 29:23; Jg 9:45; 2K 7:2, 19; Jb 8:11; 15:30; 20:17; Ps 1:4; 92:7; 129:6; Is 1:30; Jr 48:6; Ezk 47:11; Zp 2:9.

in God is blessed.

7 Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 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.

[7] Ps 2:12; 34:8; 84:12; 125:1; 146:5; Pv 16:20; Is 26:3; 30:18; Ep 1:12.
[8] Jb 8:16; Ps 1:3; 92:10; Is 58:11; Jr 14:1; Ezk 31:4; 47:12.

The deceitful heart cannot deceive God.

9 ¶ The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD 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.

[9] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Jb 15:14; Ps 51:5; 53:1; Pv 28:26; Ec 9:3; Jr 16:12; Mt 15:19; Mk 7:21; He 3:12; Jm 1:14.
[10] 1S 16:7; 1Ch 28:9; 29:17; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 7:9; 62:12; 139:1, 23; Pv 17:3; Is 3:10; Jr 11:20; 20:12; 21:14; 32:19; Mi 7:13; Mt 16:27; Jn 2:25; Ro 2:6; 6:21; 8:27; Ga 6:7; He 4:12; Rv 2:23; 20:12; 22:12.
[11] Ps 55:23; Pv 1:18; 13:11; 15:27; 21:6; 23:5; 28:8, 16, 20, 22; Ec 5:13; Is 1:23; Jr 5:27; 22:13, 17; Ezk 22:12; Ho 12:7; Am 3:10; 8:4; Mi 2:1, 9; 6:10; 7:3; Hab 2:6; Zp 1:9; Zc 5:4; 7:9; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:14; Lk 12:20; 1Ti 6:9; Tit 1:11; Jm 5:3; 2P 2:3, 14.

The salvation of God.

12 ¶ A glorious high throne from the beginning [is] the place of our sanctuary. 13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, [and] they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, 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.

[12] 2Ch 2:5; Ps 96:6; 103:19; Is 6:1; 66:1; Jr 3:17; 14:21; Ezk 1:26; 43:7; Mt 25:31; He 4:16; 12:2; Rv 3:21.
[13] Ps 22:4; 36:8; 73:27; 97:7; Pv 10:7; 14:14; Is 1:28; 45:16; 65:11; 66:5; Jr 2:13, 17, 26; 14:8; 17:5, 17; Ezk 16:63; 36:32; Dn 12:2; Jol 3:16; Lk 10:20; Jn 4:10, 14; 7:37; 8:6; Ac 28:20; 1Ti 1:1; Rv 7:17; 20:15; 21:6; 22:1, 17.
[14] Dt 10:21; 32:39; Ps 6:2, 4; 12:4; 60:5; 106:47; 109:1; 148:14; Is 6:10; 57:18; Jr 15:20; 31:18; Mt 8:25; 14:30; Lk 4:18.

The prophet complaineth of the mockers of his prophecy.

15 ¶ Behold, they say unto me, Where [is] the word of the LORD? let it come now. 16 As for me, I have not hastened from [being] a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was [right] before thee. 17 Be not a terror unto me: thou [art] 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.

[15] Is 5:19; Jr 20:7; Ezk 12:22, 27; Am 5:18; 2P 3:3.
[16] Jr 1:4; 4:19; 9:1; 13:17; 14:17; 18:20; 20:9; Ezk 3:14; 33:7; Am 7:14; Ac 20:20, 27; Ro 9:1; 2Co 1:12; 2:17; Jm 1:19; 3:1.
[17] Jb 31:23; Ps 41:1; 59:16; 77:2; 88:15; Jr 16:19; 17:7, 13; Na 1:7; Ep 6:13.
[18] Jb 16:14; Ps 25:2; 35:4, 26; 40:14; 70:2; 71:1; 83:17; Jr 11:20; 14:17; 16:18; 17:16; 18:19; 20:11; Rv 18:6.

He is sent to renew the Covenant in hallowing the Sabbath.

19 ¶ Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby 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 saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring [it] in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, 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 ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath 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 David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain 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 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 the LORD. 27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

[19] Pv 1:20; 8:1; 9:3; Jr 7:2; 19:2; 26:2; 36:6, 10; Ac 5:20.
[20] Ps 49:1; Jr 13:18; 19:3; 22:2; Ezk 2:7; 3:17; Ho 5:1; Am 4:1; Mi 3:1; Rv 2:29.
[21] Nu 15:32; Dt 4:9, 15, 23; 11:16; Jsh 23:11; Ne 13:15; Pv 4:23; Jr 17:22; Mk 4:24; Lk 8:18; Jn 5:9; Ac 20:28; He 2:1; 12:15.
[22] Gn 2:2; Ex 16:23; 20:8; 23:12; 31:13; Lv 19:3; 23:3; Dt 5:12; Is 56:2; 58:13; Ezk 20:12, 20; 22:8; Lk 6:5; 23:56; Rv 1:10.
[23] Ps 50:17; Pv 1:3, 5; 5:12; 8:10; 29:1; Is 48:4; Jr 6:8; 7:24; 11:10; 16:11; 19:15; 32:33; 35:15; Ezk 20:13, 16, 21; Zp 3:7; Zc 7:11; Jn 3:19; Ac 7:51.
[24] Ex 15:26; Dt 11:13, 22; Is 21:7; 55:2; 58:13; Jr 17:21; Zc 6:15; 2P 1:5.
[25] Ex 12:14; Dt 17:16; 1S 8:11; 2S 7:16; 8:4; 1K 9:4; Ps 89:29; 132:11, 13; Is 9:7; Jr 13:13; 22:4, 30; 33:15, 17, 21; Lk 1:32; He 12:22.
[26] Lv 1:1; Jsh 15:21; Ezr 3:3, 11; Ps 107:22; 116:17; Jr 32:44; 33:11, 13; Zc 7:7; He 13:15; 1P 2:5, 9; Rv 1:5.
[27] Dt 32:22; 2K 22:17; 25:9; 2Ch 36:19; Is 1:20, 31; 9:18; Jr 6:17; 7:20; 17:4, 21, 24; 21:12, 14; 26:4; 32:29; 38:21; 39:8; 44:16; 49:27; 52:13; Lm 4:11; Ezk 16:41; 20:47; 22:8; Am 1:4, 7, 10, 12, 14; 2:2, 4, 5; Zc 7:11; Mk 9:43; He 12:25.


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