Jeremiah 17:7
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English Standard Version
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.

King James Bible
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the man that trusteth in Jehovah, and whose trust Jehovah is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed be the man that trusteth in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence.

English Revised Version
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Judah's sin is ineffaceably stamped upon the hearts of the people and on their altars. These four verses are closely connected with the preceding, and show why it is necessary that Judah be cast forth amidst the heathen, by reason of its being perfectly stepped in idolatry. Jeremiah 17:1. "The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen, with the point of a diamond graven on the table of their hearts and on the horns of your altars. Jeremiah 17:2. As they remember their children, so do they their altars and their Astartes by the green tree upon the high hills. Jeremiah 17:3. My mountain in the field, thy substance, all thy treasures give I for a prey, thy high places for sin in all thy borders. Jeremiah 17:4. And thou shalt discontinue, and that of thine own self, from thine inheritance that I gave thee, and I cause thee to serve thine enemies in a land which thou knowest not; for a fire have ye kindled in mine anger, for ever it burneth."

The sin of Judah (Jeremiah 17:1) is not their sinfulness, their proneness to sin, but their sinful practices, idolatry. This is written upon the tables of the hearts of them of Judah, i.e., stamped on them (cf. for this figure Proverbs 3:3; Proverbs 7:3), and that deep and firmly. This is intimated by the writing with an iron pen and graving with a diamond. צפּרן, from צפר, scratch, used in Deuteronomy 21:12 for the nail of the finger, here of the point of the style or graving-iron, the diamond pencil which gravers use for carving in iron, steel, and stone.

(Note: Cf. Plinii hist. n. xxxvii. 15: crustae adamantis expetuntur a sculptoribus ferroque includuntur, nullam non duritiem ex facili excavantes.)

שׁמיר, diamond, not emery as Boch. and Ros. supposed; cf. Ezekiel 3:9; Zechariah 7:12. The things last mentioned are so to be distributed that "on the table of their heart" shall belong to "written with a pen of iron," and "on the horns of their altars" to "with the point of a diamond grave." The iron style was used only for writing or carving letters in a hard material, Job 19:24. If with it one wrote on tables, it was for the purpose of impressing the writing very deeply, so that it could not easily be effaced. The having of sin engraved upon the tables of the heart does not mean that a sense of unatoned sin could not be got rid of (Graf); for with a sense of sin we have here nothing to do, but with the deep and firm root sin has taken in the heart. To the tables of the heart as the inward seat of sin are opposed the horns of their altars (at "altars" the discourse is directly addressed to the Jews). By altars are generally understood idolatrous altars, partly because of the plural, "since the altar of Jahveh was but one," partly because of Jeremiah 17:2, where the altars in question are certainly those of the idols. But the first reason proves nothing, since the temple of the Lord itself contained two altars, on whose horns the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled. The blood of the sin-offering was put not merely on the altar of burnt-offering, but also on the horns of the altar of incense, Leviticus 4:7-8; Leviticus 16:16. Nor is the second reason conclusive, since there is no difficulty in taking it to be the altars of Jahveh as defiled by idolatry. This, indeed, we must do, since Josiah had destroyed the altars of the false gods, whereas here the altars are spoken of as existing monuments of idolatry. The question, in how far the sin of Judah is ineffaceably engraven upon the horns of her altars, is variously answered by comm., and the answer depends on the view taken of Jeremiah 17:2, which is itself disputed. It is certainly wrong to join Jeremiah 17:2 as protasis with Jeremiah 17:3 as apodosis, for it is incompatible with the beginning of Jeremiah 17:3, הררי. Ew. therefore proposes to attach "my mountain in the field" to Jeremiah 17:2, and to change הררי into הררי: upon the high hills, the mountains in the field - a manifest makeshift. Umbr. translates: As their children remember their altars...so will I my mountain in the field, thy possession...give for a prey; and makes out the sense to be: "in proportion to the strength and ineffaceableness of the impressions, such as are to be found in the children of idolatrous fathers, must be the severity of the consequent punishment from God." But if this were the force, then כּן could not possibly be omitted before the apodosis; apart altogether from the suddenness of such a transition from the sins of the people (Jeremiah 17:1) to the sins of the children.

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Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little...

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

Isaiah 26:3,4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you...

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy on you...

Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Cross References
Psalm 2:12
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

Psalm 71:5
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

Psalm 84:12
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 146:5
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

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