The Sin of Judah
1“The sin of Judah is written with #Job 19:24 a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on #Prov. 3:3; 7:3; [2 Cor. 3:3] the tablet of their heart, and on #Ex. 27:2; Ps. 118:27the horns of their altars, 2while #[ch. 19:5] their children remember their altars and their #Judg. 3:7; See Deut. 16:21 Asherim, #[Isa. 1:29]; See ch. 2:20beside every green tree and on the high hills, 3#Ps. 48:1, 2; 87:1; Isa. 2:3 on the mountains in the open country. #ch. 15:13Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, #See ch. 15:14 and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, #See Deut. 32:22for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”
5Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man #2 Chr. 32:8; Ps. 146:3who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,#17:5 Hebrew arm
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 # ch. 48:6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
# ch. 29:32; Job 20:17; Ps. 34:12 and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in #Deut. 29:23; Job 39:6an uninhabited salt land.
Ps. 25:2; 34:8; 125:1; See Ps. 2:12 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
Ps. 1:3; [Ezek. 47:12] 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.”
9The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Chr. 28:9; Ps. 139:23; Rom. 8:27 “I the Lord search the heart
# See ch. 11:20 and test the mind,#17:10 Hebrew kidneys
# ch. 32:19; Job 34:11; Ps. 62:12 to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”
11Like the #[1 Sam. 26:20] partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,
so is #Ps. 39:6 he who gets riches but not by justice;
# [Ps. 55:23] in the midst of his days they will leave him,
# [Luke 12:20] and at his end he will be a fool.
12A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
13O Lord, #See ch. 14:8 the hope of Israel,
Josh. 24:20; Ps. 73:27; Isa. 1:28 all who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you#17:13 Hebrew me #[Luke 10:20] shall be written in the earth,
for #ch. 1:16 they have forsaken #ch. 2:13; [John 4:10, 14]the Lord, the fountain of living water.
Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance
Ps. 6:2 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved,
for #Deut. 10:21you are my praise.
Isa. 5:19; 2 Pet. 3:4 Behold, they say to me,
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it come!”
16I have not run away from being your shepherd,
nor have I desired the day of sickness.
# ch. 15:15; Ps. 40:9; 139:4 You know #ch. 15:15; Ps. 40:9; 139:4what came out of my lips;
it was before your face.
17Be not a terror to me;
# ch. 16:19 you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
Ps. 35:4; 40:14 Let those be put to shame who persecute me,
but let me not be put to shame;
Ps. 35:4; 40:14 let them be dismayed,
but let me not be dismayed;
# ch. 11:20; Ps. 35:8 bring upon them the day of disaster;
destroy them with double destruction!
Keep the Sabbath Holy
19Thus said the Lord to me: “Go and stand in the People’s Gate, by which #See ch. 13:13the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20and say: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, #[See ver. 19 above]you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21Thus says the Lord: Take care for the sake of your lives, and #[John 5:10]; See Neh. 13:15-19do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath #See Num. 15:32-36 or do any work, but #Ex. 23:12; 31:13; Isa. 56:2; 58:13; Ezek. 20:12, 20; See Ex. 20:8-11; Deut. 5:12-15keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers. 23Yet #ch. 7:24, 26; [ch. 11:10] they did not listen or incline their ear, #[2 Chr. 30:8; Acts 7:51] but stiffened their neck, that they #See ch. 5:3might not hear and receive instruction.
24“‘But if you listen to me, declares the Lord, and #[See ver. 21 above] bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but #[See ver. 22 above]keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25then #ch. 22:4there shall enter by the gates of this city kings and princes who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall be inhabited forever. 26And people shall come from #ch. 32:44; 33:13 the cities of Judah #Zech. 7:7 and the places around Jerusalem, #ch. 32:44; 33:13 from the land of Benjamin, #Zech. 7:7 from the Shephelah, from the hill country, #Zech. 7:7 and from #Gen. 13:1 the Negeb, bringing #Lev. 7:12; 22:29; 2 Chr. 33:16; Ps. 107:22; 116:17burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and #Lev. 7:12; 22:29; 2 Chr. 33:16; Ps. 107:22; 116:17bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27But if you do not listen to me, to #[See ver. 22 above] keep the Sabbath day holy, #[See ver. 21 above] and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will #ch. 21:14; 43:12; 49:27; 50:32; Lam. 4:11; Amos 1:14 kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall #ch. 52:13; 2 Kgs. 25:9 devour the palaces of Jerusalem and #ch. 7:20shall not be quenched.’”