The Sin of Judah

Jeremiah 17

1 "The sin of Judah is a written with a b pen of iron;
With the point of a diamond it is c engraved
On the tablet of their heart,
And on the horns of your altars,
2 While their children remember
Their altars and their d wooden 1 images 2
By the green trees on the high hills.
3 O My mountain in the field,
I will give as plunder your wealth, all your treasures,
And your high places of sin within all your borders.
4 And you, even yourself,
Shall let go of your heritage which I gave you;
And I will cause you to serve your enemies
In e the land which you do not know;
For f you have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever."

5 Thus says the LORD:
g "Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes h flesh his 3 strength,
Whose heart departs from the LORD.
6 For he shall be i like a shrub in the desert,
And j shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
k In a salt land which is not inhabited.

7 "Blessed l is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be m like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not 4 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.

9 "The n heart is deceitful above all things,
And 5 desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the LORD, o search the heart,
I test the 6 mind,
p Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

11 " As a partridge that 7 broods but does not hatch,
So is he who gets riches, but not by right;
It q will leave him in the midst of his days,
And at his end he will be r a fool."

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O LORD, s the hope of Israel,
t All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
"Those who depart from Me
Shall be u written in the earth,
Because they have forsaken the LORD,
The v fountain of living waters."

  1. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:22
    For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me," says the Lord GOD.
  2. Cross References
    Job 19:24
    That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:3
    Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
    Proverbs 7:3
    Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
    Isaiah 49:16
    See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
    2 Corinthians 3:3
    Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
  4. Cross References
    Judges 3:7
    So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 16:13
    'Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.'
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:25
    Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them And stricken them, And the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
    Jeremiah 15:14
    And I will make you cross over with your enemies Into a land which you do not know; For a fire is kindled in My anger, Which shall burn upon you.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 146:3
    Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
    Isaiah 30:1
    Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin.
    Isaiah 30:2
    Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 31:3
    Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together.
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:6
    Flee, save your lives! And be like the juniper in the wilderness.
  10. Cross References
    Job 20:17
    He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:23
    'The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.'
    Job 39:6
    Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the barren land his dwelling?
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 2:12
    Kiss the Son, lestHe be angry, And you perish i...
    Psalms 34:8
    Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blesse...
    Psalms 125:1
    Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion...
    Psalms 146:5
    Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his he...
    Proverbs 16:20
    He who heeds the word wisely will find good, An...
    Isaiah 30:18
    Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gr...
    Jeremiah 39:18
    "For I will surely deliver you, and you shall n...
  13. Cross References
    Job 8:16
    He grows green in the sun, And his branches spread out in his garden.
    Psalms 1:3
    He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
    Ezekiel 31:3 - 9
    Indeed Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon, With fine branches that shaded the forest, And of high stature; And its top was among the thick boughs.
  14. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 9:3
    This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
    Matthew 15:19
    For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
    Mark 7:21
    For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders.
    Mark 7:22
    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
  15. Cross References
    1 Samuel 16:7
    But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at hi...
    1 Chronicles 28:9
    As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of you...
    Psalms 7:9
    Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an...
    Psalms 139:23
    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, an...
    Psalms 139:24
    And see if there is any wicked way in me, And l...
    Proverbs 17:3
    The refining pot is for silver and the furnace ...
    Jeremiah 11:20
    But, O LORD of hosts, You who judge righteously...
    Jeremiah 20:12
    But, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteou...
    Romans 8:27
    Now He who searches the hearts knows what the m...
    Revelation 2:23
    I will kill her children with death, and all th...
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 62:12
    Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.
    Jeremiah 32:19
    You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.
    Romans 2:6
    Who "will render to each one according to his deeds":
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
  18. Cross References
    Luke 12:20
    "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
  19. Cross References
    Jeremiah 14:8
    O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, Why should You be like a stranger in the land, And like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 73:27
    For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
    Isaiah 1:28
    The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, And those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
  21. Cross References
    Luke 10:20
    "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
  22. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:13
    For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns - broken cisterns that can hold no water.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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