I have been reading Jeremiah from “The Living Bible” study bible. interesting turn of words.
New Living Translation:
3. This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.
4. O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the LORD, or My anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
The Living Bible, (which is a paraphrase of the American Standard Version by Ken Taylor for his family devotions with his children)
3. The LORD is saying to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hardness of your hearts; otherwise the good seed will be wasted among the thorns. 4. Cleanse your hearts and minds and not just your bodies, or else my anger will burn you to a crisp because of all your sins. And no one will be able to put the fire out.
“the good seed will be wasted among the thorns” takes our minds directly to Jesus’ story about the four soils and the seed.