Bible: Jer 17:5-10
Individuals Are Challenged to Put Their Trust in the Lord 1
“I will put a curse on people
who trust in mere human beings,
who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, 2
and whose hearts 3 have turned away from the
17:6 They will be like a shrub 4 in the desert.
They will not experience good things even when they happen.
It will be as though they were growing in the desert,
in a salt land where no one can live.
17:7 My blessing is on those people who trust in me,
who put their confidence in me. 5
17:8 They will be like a tree planted near a stream
whose roots spread out toward the water.
It has nothing to fear when the heat comes.
Its leaves are always green.
It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought.
It does not stop bearing fruit.
17:9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else.
It is incurably bad. 6 Who can understand it?
17:10 I, the
I examine people’s hearts. 7
I deal with each person according to how he has behaved.
I give them what they deserve based on what they have done.