Man does have free will to choose a path of good/righteousness1,2,3,5,9,10,15,16,17,18,21. God has put the option to “know him” in front of all mankind2,3,9,11,18. At a certain age everyone is accountable15, and He wishes that everyone respond5,6,9 to the call – like a father does with his children10,14,19. Unfortunately, not all will7,8,16,17,19, and some may even choose it and then fall back12,13,20,21.
It’s actually tough to limit the passages that speak to mankind’s free will. For example, the many passages that teach we will be judged by our works all assume that man has free will to choose. There’s nothing clearer than in God’s direct words1,2,9. To say we don’t have free will makes God a liar1,2,9,15,16,17…it makes Jesus disingenuous3,6,13,19 and any instruction on prayer meaningless11…and it makes the apostles and their message ridiculous4,5,10,14,20,21. Statements like the one in Jeremiah7 are pulled out of context to argue we don’t have free will, but the entire message of the Bible assumes its reader is a free moral agent from beginning1,2, to end6, and all the pages in between3,4,5,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21.