22 Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, (A)‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the Lord: (B)Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And (C)do no wrong or violence (D)to the resident alien, (E)the fatherless, and the widow, nor (F)shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, (G)then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I (H)swear by myself, declares the Lord, that (I)this house shall become a desolation. For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:

“‘You are like Gilead to me,
    like the summit of (J)Lebanon,
yet surely I will make you a desert,
    (K)an uninhabited city.[a]
(L)I will prepare destroyers against you,
    each with his weapons,
(M)and they shall cut down your choicest cedars
    and cast them into the fire.

“‘And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, (N)“Why has the Lord dealt thus with this great city?” (O)And they will answer, “Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and worshiped other gods and served them.”’”

10 (P)Weep not for him who is dead,
    nor grieve for him,
(Q)but weep bitterly for him who goes away,
    for he shall return no more
    to see his native land.

Message to the Sons of Josiah

11 For thus says the Lord concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and (R)who went away from this place: “He shall return here no more, 12 but (S)in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again.”

13 (T)“Woe to him who builds his house by (U)unrighteousness,
    and his upper rooms by injustice,
(V)who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing
    and does not give him his wages,
14 who says, ‘I will build myself a great house
    with spacious upper rooms,’
who cuts out windows for it,
    paneling it with cedar
    and (W)painting it with vermilion.
15 Do you think you are a king
    because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
    and (X)do justice and righteousness?
    (Y)Then it was well with him.
16 (Z)He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
    (AA)then it was well.
Is not this (AB)to know me?
    declares the Lord.
17 But you have eyes and heart
    only for your dishonest gain,
(AC)for shedding innocent blood,
    and for practicing oppression and violence.”

18 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

(AD)“They shall not lament for him, saying,
    (AE)‘Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’
They shall not lament for him, saying,
    (AF)‘Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’
19 With the burial of a donkey (AG)he shall be buried,
    dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
    and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from (AH)Abarim,
    for all (AI)your lovers are destroyed.
21 I spoke to you in your prosperity,
    but you said, ‘I will not listen.’
(AJ)This has been your way from (AK)your youth,
    that you have not obeyed my voice.
22 (AL)The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
    and (AM)your lovers shall go into captivity;
(AN)then you will be ashamed and confounded
    because of all your evil.
23 O inhabitant of (AO)Lebanon,
    nested among the cedars,
how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you,
    (AP)pain as of a woman in labor!”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 22:6 Hebrew cities

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