Bible: Jer 17:5-10

Individuals Are Challenged to Put Their Trust in the Lord 1 

17:5 The Lord says,

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 Lord.

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 Lord, probe into people’s minds.

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.

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