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Jeremiah 17:1-13Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Judah’s Sin and Punishment

17 “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, while their children remember their altars and their Ashe′rim, beside every green tree, and on the high hills, on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin[a] throughout all your territory. You shall loosen your hand[b] 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.”

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his arm,
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He 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.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He 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.”

The 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 every man according to his ways,
    according to the fruit of his doings.”

11 Like 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.

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

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 17:3 Cn: Heb your high places for sin
  2. Jeremiah 17:4 Cn: Heb and in you
  3. Jeremiah 17:13 Heb me
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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