'The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, To give to each person according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.
As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So
is a person who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the middle of his days it will abandon him, And in the end he will be a fool.'
A glorious throne on high from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary.
LORD, the hope of Israel, All who abandon You will be put to shame. Those who turn away on earth will be written down, Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, that is
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise.
Look, they keep saying to me, 'Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now!'
But as for me, I have not hurried away from being
a shepherd following
after You, Nor have I longed for the disastrous day; You Yourself know that the utterance of my lips Was in Your presence.