16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.

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17 It is (A)a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for (B)in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”

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Work shall be done for (A)six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to (B)death.

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(A)You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

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Blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who lays hold on it;
(A)Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

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For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,

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“Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—

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21 Thus says the Lord: (A)“Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 nor carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day, as I (B)commanded your fathers. 23 (C)But they did not obey nor incline their ear, but [a]made their neck stiff, that they might not hear nor receive instruction.

24 “And it shall be, (D)if you heed Me carefully,” says the Lord, “to bring no burden through the gates of this city on the (E)Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work in it, 25 (F)then shall enter the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, accompanied by the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever. 26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah and from (G)the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from (H)the [b]lowland, from the mountains and from (I)the [c]South, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, bringing (J)sacrifices of praise to the house of the Lord.

27 “But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then (K)I will kindle a fire in its gates, (L)and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be (M)quenched.” ’ ”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 17:23 Were stubborn
  2. Jeremiah 17:26 Heb. shephelah
  3. Jeremiah 17:26 Heb. Negev