The engraved worship sins of Judah (Jer 17:1-17:3)

“The sin of Judah

Is written

With a pen of iron.

With a diamond point,

It is engraved

On the tablet

Of their hearts.

It is engraved

On the horns

Of their altars.

Their children remember

Their altars.

They remember

Their sacred poles,

Beside every green tree,

On the high hills,

On the mountains

In the open country.”

Yahweh told Jeremiah that the sins of Judah were written all over the place.   An iron pen stylus with a diamond point made this indelible mark. Where would you find the sins of Judah? They were engraved in their hearts, but also on the altar corners or horns where sins were written. What was the main sin? Their children were going to altars and sacred totem poles by almost every green tree on the high hills, on the mountains, and in the open country. Everyone could openly see what they were doing.

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