Bible: Jeremiah 17:21-27

17:21 The Lord says, ‘Be very careful if you value your lives! 1  Do not carry any loads 2  in through 3  the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. 17:22 Do not carry any loads out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath day. 4  But observe the Sabbath day as a day set apart to the Lord, 5  as I commanded your ancestors. 6  17:23 Your ancestors, 7  however, did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They stubbornly refused 8  to pay attention or to respond to any discipline.’ 17:24 The Lord says, 9 You must make sure to obey me. You must not bring any loads through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day. You must set the Sabbath day apart to me. You must not do any work on that day. 17:25 If you do this, 10  then the kings and princes who follow in David’s succession 11  and ride in chariots or on horses will continue to enter through these gates, as well as their officials and the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. 12  This city will always be filled with people. 13  17:26 Then people will come here from the towns in Judah, from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin, from the western foothills, from the southern hill country, and from the southern part of Judah. They will come bringing offerings to the temple of the Lord: burnt offerings, sacrifices, grain offerings, and incense along with their thank offerings. 14  17:27 But you must obey me and set the Sabbath day apart to me. You must not carry any loads in through 15  the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. If you disobey, I will set the gates of Jerusalem on fire. It will burn down all the fortified dwellings in Jerusalem and no one will be able to put it out.’

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