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Jeremias 17

1 The sin of Judah [is]The remembrance of their contempt of God cannot pass, although for a time he defers the punishment, for it will be revealed to men and angels.written with a pen of iron, [and] with the point of a diamond: [it is] graven upon theInstead of the law of God, they have written idolatry and all abomination in their heart.tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of yourYour sins appear in all the altars that you have erected to idols.altars;

2 Some read, «So that their children remember their altars», that is, follow their father's wickedness.While their children remember their altars and their idols by the green trees upon the high hills.

3 Zion that was my mountain, will now be left as a waste field.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, evenBecause you would not give the land rest, at such times, days and years as I appointed, you will after this be carried away and it will rest for lack of labourers.thyself, shall discontinue from thy heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thy enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in my anger, [which] shall burn for ever.

5 Thus saith the LORD;The Jews were given to worldly policies and thought to make themselves strong by the friendship of the Egyptians, (Isa_31:3) and strangers and in the mean time did not depend on God, and therefore he denounces God's plagues against them, showing that they prefer corruptible man to God, who is immortal, (Isa_2:22; Jer_48:6-7).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 wildernesse, and shall not see when any good commeth, but shall inhabite the parched places in the wildernesse, in a salt land, and not inhabited.

7 Blessed be the man, that trusteth in ye Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

8 Read (Psa_1:3).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 anxious in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

9 Because the wicked always have some excuse to defend their doings he shows that their own lewd imaginations deceive them and bring them to these hardships: but God will examine their deeds by the malice of their hearts, (1Sa_16:7, 1Ch_28:9, Psa_7:10, Jer_11:20, Jer_10:12, Rev_2:13).The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the Lord search the heart, and try ye reines, euen to giue euery man according to his wayes, and according to the fruite of his workes.

11 As the patriarch by calling gathered others who forsake her when they see she is not their mother: so the covetous man is forsaken of his riches because he comes by them falsely.[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.

12 A gloriousShowing that the godly ought to glory in nothing, but in God who exalts his, and has left a sign of his favour in his temple.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 writtenTheir names will not be registered in the book of life.in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;He desires God to preserve him that he fall not into temptation, considering the great contempt of God's word, and the multitude that fall from God.save me, and I shall be saved: for thou [art] my praise.

15 Behold,The wicked say that my prophecy will not come to pass, because you deferred the time of your vengeance.they say to me, Where [is] the word of the LORD? let it come now.

16 As for me,I am assured of my calling, and therefore know that the thing which you speak by me will come to pass, and that I speak not of any worldly affection.I have not hastened from [being] a shepherd to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which was uttered by my lips was [right] before thee.

17 Be notHowever the wicked deal rigorously with me, yet let me find comfort in you.a terror to 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,Read (Jer_11:20).and destroy them with double destruction.

19 Thus said the LORD to me; Go and stand in theWhile your doctrine may best be understood both by high and low.gate of the children of the people, by which the kings of Judah come in, and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

20 And say vnto them, Heare the word of the Lord, ye Kings of Iudah, and al Iudah, and all the inhabitants of Ierusale, that enter in by these gates.

21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on theBy naming the Sabbath day, he comprehends the thing that is signified by it, for if they transgressed in the ceremony, they must be guilty of the rest, read (Exo_20:8) and by the breaking of this one commandment, he makes them transgressors of the whole law, as the first and second table are contained in it.sabbath day, nor bring [it] in by the gates of Jerusalem;

22 Neither cary foorth burdens out of your houses in the Sabbath day: neither doe yee any worke, but sanctifie the Sabbath, as I commanded your fathers.

23 But they obeied not, neither inclined their eares, but made their neckes stiffe and would not heare, nor receiue correction.

24 Neuerthelesse if ye will heare me, sayth the Lorde, and beare no burden through the gates of the citie in the Sabbath day, but sanctifie ye Sabbath day, so that ye do no worke therein,

25 Then shall the Kings and the princes enter in at the gates of this citie, and shal sit vpon the throne of Dauid, and shall ride vpon charets, and vpon horses, both they and their princes, the men of Iudah, and the inhabitants of Ierusalem: and this citie shall remaine for euer.

26 And they shall come from the cities of Iudah, and from about Ierusalem, and from the land of Beniamin, and from the plaine, and from the mountaines, and fro the South, which shall bring burnt offrings, and sacrifices, and meate offrings, and incense, and shall bring sacrifice of prayse into the house of the Lord.

27 But if ye will not heare me to sanctifie the Sabbath day, and not to beare a burden nor to go through the gates of Ierusalem in the Sabbath day, then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall deuoure the palaces of Ierusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

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