Jeremiah 17 ©

The desperate wickedness and obstinacy of the Jews, appearing even in their children, whereupon judgments must follow, v. 1, etc. The cursed condition of him who trusts in men, and the blessed condition of him who trusts in God, 5. God searches the inward wickedness of man’s heart, therefore those, who by crafty and secret practices heap up unjust riches, shall not escape His punishment, 9. The happiness of the godly in God’s gracious presence, and the unhappiness of backsliders, 12. The prophet’s prayer for his own safety, and for the punishment of His enemies, and mockers, 14. A sermon concerning the sabbath, 19, etc.


THE sin of Judah is 1written with a 2pen of iron, and with the 3point of a 4diamond: it is graven upon the 5table of their heart, and upon the horns of 6your 7altars;a


8Whilst their children remember their altars and their 9groves by the green treesb upon the high hills.


O my 10mountain in the field, I will give thyc substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, 11and thy high places for sin, 12throughout all thy borders.


And thou, even 13thyself, shalt 14discontinue from thine 15heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to served thine enemies in the land which thou knoweste not: for 16ye have kindled a firef in mine anger, which shall burn 17for ever.


¶Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in 18man, and maketh 19flesh his 20arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.


For he shall be like the 21heath in the desert, and shall not 22see when 23good cometh; but shall 24inhabit the 25parched places in the wilderness, in a 26salt land and 27not inhabited.


Blessedgis the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.


For he shall be as a treeh planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not 28see when heat cometh, but her leaf 29shall be green; and shall 30not be carefuli in the year of 31drought, neither 32shall cease from 33yielding fruit.


¶The 34heart is 35deceitful 36above all things, and 37desperately wicked: who can know it?


38I the LORD searchj the heart, I 39try the reins, 40even to give every man according to his 41ways, and 42according to the fruit of his doings.


As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and 43hatcheth them not; so he that 44getteth riches, and 45not by right, shall leave 46them in the 47midst of his days, and at his 48end shall 49be a fool.


¶A 50glorious high throne 51from the beginning is the place of our 52sanctuary.


O LORD, the 53hope of Israel, allk that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they 54that depart from me shall be written in the 55earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the 56fountainl of living waters.


57Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art 58my praise.


¶Behold, they 59say unto me, Wheremis the word of the LORD? let it come now.


As for me, I have not 60hastened from being a 61pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the 62woeful day; thou knowest: 63that which came out of my lips was right before 64thee.


Be not a 65terror unto me: thou art my hopen in the day of 66evil.


Leto 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 67day of evil, and destroy them with 68double destruction.


¶Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the 69children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;


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:


Thus saith the LORD; Takep heed 70to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;


Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but 71hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.q


But they 72obeyedr not, neither inclined their ear, but made their 73neck stiff, that they might not 74hear, nor receive 75instruction.


And it shall come to pass, if ye 76diligently 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;


Thens 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 77men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall 78remain for ever.


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.


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 79fire in the 80gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.