1 The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus; it is engraved on the tablet of the heart
and on the horns of Your altar with the point of a diamond;
2 while their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees on the high hills.
3 O My mountain in the field, I will give your wealth and all your treasures for plunder,
and your high places for sin, throughout all your borders.
4 And you, even yourself, have let go of the inheritance which I gave you; and I will
cause you to serve your enemies in a land which you do not know. For you have kindled a
fire in My anger, which shall burn forever.
5 Thus says Jehovah, Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his
strength, and whose heart departs from Jehovah.
6 For he shall be destitute in the wilderness, and shall not see when good comes. But he
shall live in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land that is not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in Jehovah, and Jehovah is his refuge.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters; it sends out its roots by the river, and
it shall not fear when the heat comes, but its foliage shall be green; and he is not anxious
in the year of drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
10 I Jehovah search the heart, I examine the soul, even to give to each man according to
his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
11 The partridge sets on eggs and does not hatch them; in the same way he who gets
riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the middle of his days, and at his end he shall
be a fool.
12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O Jehovah, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be ashamed. Those who
depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Jehovah, the
Fountain of Living Waters.
14 Heal me, O Jehovah, and I shall be healed, save me, and I shall be saved; for You are
15 Behold, they say to me, Where is the Word of Jehovah? Let it come now!
16 As for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You; nor
have I desired the woeful day; You surely know the going forth of my lips before Your
17 Do not be a terror to me; You are my hope in the day of evil.
18 Let those who persecute me be ashamed, but do not let me be put to shame; let them
be dismayed, but do not let me be dismayed. Bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy
them with double destruction.
19 Thus Jehovah said unto me: Go and stand in the 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
20 and say to them, Hear the Word of Jehovah, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates!
21 Thus says Jehovah, Take heed to yourselves, and carry no burden on the Sabbath day,
nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem.
22 Nor carry out a burden from your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but
consecrate the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
23 But they did not obey, nor extend their ear, but made their neck stiff, so that they
might not hear nor receive instruction.
24 And it shall be, if you listen and give heed to Me, says Jehovah, to bring no burden
through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but consecrate the Sabbath day, to do
no work in it;
25 then kings and rulers sitting on the throne of David shall enter the gates of this city,
riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their rulers, the men of Judah, and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall remain forever.
26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places around Jerusalem,
and from the land of Benjamin, and from the valleys, and from the mountains, and from
the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and grain offerings, and incense, and
bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of Jehovah.
27 But if you will not listen to me to consecrate the Sabbath day, to not carry a burden
when entering at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then I will kindle a fire in
its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.