Haftarah BeHar-B’chukotai

Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) 16:19 ― 17:14

19HaShem – my Strength, my Stronghold and my Refuge in the day of travail – to You nations will come from the ends of the earth, and say: “Our ancestors inherited only falsehood, futility that has no purpose. 20Can a man make a god for himself? – they are not gods!” 21Therefore behold I inform them upon this occasion, I shall let them know of My hand and My strength; and they shall know that My Name is HaShem.

Chapter 17
1The sin of Judah is inscribed with an iron quill, with a diamond-like fingernail; engraved into the slate of their heart and the corners of your altars. 2As they remember their children, so [they remember] their altars and their idol-trees beside luxuriant trees upon lofty hills. 3O worshipers on mountains, in the field: your wealth, all your treasures, shall I make into booty, because of your high altars made in sin throughout your boundaries. 4You will be forced withdraw from the heritage that I have given you, and I will put you to work for your enemies in a land that you know not; for you have ignited a fire in My nostrils, it will burn forever.

5So says HaShem: “Accursed is the man who trusts in people and makes mortals his strength, and turns his heart away from HaShem. 6He will be like a lone tree in the wilderness and will not see when goodness comes; he will dwell in the arid desert, in a sulfurous, uninhabited land. 7Blessed is the man who trusts in HaShem, then HaShem will be his security. 8He will be like a tree that is planted near water, which will spread its roots alongside brooks and will not see when heat comes, whose foliage will be ever fresh, who will not worry in years of drought and will never stop producing fruit.

9“The heart is most deceitful of all and it is fragile; who can know it? 10I, HaShem, plumb the heart and test the mind; to give to man according to his ways, like the fruit of his deeds. 11Like a bird chirping attracting those it did not beget is one who amasses wealth without justice; in half his days it will desert him, and at his end he will be a degenerate.”

12Like the Throne of Glory, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our Sanctuary. 13The hope of Yisrael is HaShem, all who forsake You will be shamed – “Those who forsake Me will be inscribed for earthly depths” – for they have forsaken HaShem, the Source of living waters. 14Heal me, HaShem, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved – for You are my praise.


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