Thus says the Lord:

(A)“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes (B)flesh his [a]strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be (C)like a shrub in the desert,
And (D)shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
(E)In a salt land which is not inhabited.

“Blessed(F) is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be (G)like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [b]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.

“The (H)heart is deceitful above all things,
And [c]desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, (I)search the heart,
I test the [d]mind,
(J)Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

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  1. Jeremiah 17:5 Lit. arm
  2. Jeremiah 17:8 Qr., Tg. see
  3. Jeremiah 17:9 Or incurably sick
  4. Jeremiah 17:10 Most secret parts, lit. kidneys

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