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Jeremiah 22 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Judgment Against Evil Kings

22 The Lord said, “Jeremiah, go down to the king’s palace. Go to the king of Judah and tell this message there: ‘Listen to this message from the Lord, King of Judah. You rule from David’s throne, so listen. King, you and your officials must listen well. All of your people who come through the gates of Jerusalem must listen to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord says: Do what is right and fair. Protect those who have been robbed from the ones who robbed them. Don’t hurt or do anything wrong to orphans or widows. Don’t kill innocent people. If you obey these commands, kings who sit on David’s throne will continue to come through the gates into the city of Jerusalem. They will come through the gates with their officials. The kings, their officials, and their people will come riding in chariots and on horses. But I, the Lord, tell you that if you don’t obey these commands, then I promise with an oath in my own name that this king’s palace will be destroyed—it will become a pile of rocks.’”

This is what the Lord says about the palace where the king of Judah lives:

“The palace is tall like the forests of Gilead,
    like the mountains of Lebanon.
But I will make it like a desert,
    as empty as a city where no one lives.
I will send men to destroy the palace,
    each armed with weapons.
They will cut up your strong, beautiful cedar beams
    and throw them into the fire.

“People from many nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a terrible thing to Jerusalem? Jerusalem was such a great city.’ This will be the answer to that question: ‘God destroyed Jerusalem because the people of Judah stopped following the agreement of the Lord their God. They worshiped and served other gods.’”

Judgment Against King Jehoahaz

10 Don’t cry for the king who has died.[a]
    Don’t cry for him.
But cry very hard for the king
    who must leave this place.[b]
Cry for him because he will never return
    or see his homeland again.

11 This is what the Lord says about Jehoahaz[c] son of Josiah, who became king of Judah after his father Josiah died: “Jehoahaz has gone away from Jerusalem. He will never return. 12 Jehoahaz will die in the place where the Egyptians have taken him, and he will not see this land again.”

Judgment Against King Jehoiakim

13 “It will be very bad for King Jehoiakim.
    He is doing wrong so that he can build his palace.
He is cheating people so that he can build rooms upstairs.
    He is not paying his own people.
    He is making them work for nothing.

14 “Jehoiakim says,
    ‘I will build myself a great palace, with huge rooms upstairs.’
So he built it with large windows.
    He used cedar wood for paneling, and he painted it red.

15 “Jehoiakim, having a lot of cedar in your house
    does not make you a great king.
Your father Josiah was satisfied to have food and drink.
    He did what was right and fair,
    so everything went well for him.
16 Josiah helped poor and needy people,
    so everything went well for him.
Jehoiakim, what does it mean “to know God”?
    It means living right and being fair.
That is what it means to know me.
    This message is from the Lord.

17 “Jehoiakim, your eyes look only for what benefits yourself.
    You are always thinking about getting more for yourself.
You are willing to kill innocent people.
    You are willing to steal things from other people.”

18 So this is what the Lord says to King Jehoiakim son of Josiah:
“The people of Judah will not cry for Jehoiakim.
    They will not say to each other, ‘Brother, I am so sad!
    Sister, I am so sad!’
They will not cry for Jehoiakim.
    They will not say about him, ‘Master, I am so sad!
    King, I am so sad!’
19 The people of Jerusalem will bury Jehoiakim like a donkey.
    They will drag his body away and throw it outside the gates of Jerusalem.

20 “Judah, go up to the mountains of Lebanon and cry out.
    Let your voice be heard in the mountains of Bashan.
Cry out in the mountains of Abarim,
    because all your ‘lovers’ will be destroyed.

21 “Judah, you felt safe, but I warned you.
    I warned you, but you refused to listen.
You have lived like this from the time you were young.
    And from the time you were young,
    you have not obeyed me, Judah.
22 Judah, the punishment I give will come like a storm,
    and it will blow all your shepherds away.
You thought some of the other nations would help you.
    But these nations will also be defeated.
Then you will really be disappointed.
    You will be ashamed of all the evil things you did.

23 “King, you seem so safe in your palace of cedar.
    It’s as if you live in Lebanon![d]
But when your punishment comes, you will groan.
    You will be in pain like a woman giving birth!”

Judgment Against King Jehoiachin

24 “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “I will do this to you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah: Even if you were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 Jehoiachin, I will give you to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the Babylonians. Those are the people you are afraid of. They want to kill you. 26 I will throw you and your mother into another country where neither of you was born. You and your mother will die in that country. 27 Jehoiachin, you will want to come back to your land, but you will never be allowed to come back.”

28 Jehoiachin is like a broken pot that someone threw away.
    He is like a pot that no one wants.
Why will Jehoiachin and his children be thrown out
    and sent away into a foreign land?
29 Land, land, land of Judah!
    Listen to this message from the Lord!
30 The Lord says, “Write this down about Jehoiachin:
    ‘He does not have children anymore!
Jehoiachin will not be successful
    because none of his children will sit on the throne of David.
    None of his children will rule in Judah.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 22:10 the king who has died That is, King Josiah who was killed in battle against the Egyptians in 609 B.C.
  2. Jeremiah 22:10 the king … place This means Josiah’s son, Jehoahaz. He became king after Josiah died. He is also called Shallum. King Neco of Egypt defeated Josiah. And Neco took Jehoahaz off the throne of Judah and made him a prisoner in Egypt.
  3. Jeremiah 22:11 Jehoahaz The Hebrew text has “Shallum,” another name for Jehoahaz.
  4. Jeremiah 22:23 It’s as if … Lebanon The king’s palace in Jerusalem was built with wood from the mountains of Lebanon, which was famous for its cedar trees.
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Jeremiah 22 New International Version (NIV)

Judgment Against Wicked Kings

22 This is what the Lord says: “Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there: ‘Hear the word of the Lord to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. But if you do not obey these commands, declares the Lord, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.’”

For this is what the Lord says about the palace of the king of Judah:

“Though you are like Gilead to me,
    like the summit of Lebanon,
I will surely make you like a wasteland,
    like towns not inhabited.
I will send destroyers against you,
    each man with his weapons,
and they will cut up your fine cedar beams
    and throw them into the fire.

“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’ And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshiped and served other gods.’”

10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss;
    rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled,
because he will never return
    nor see his native land again.

11 For this is what the Lord says about Shallum[a] son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: “He will never return. 12 He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.”

13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
    his upper rooms by injustice,
making his own people work for nothing,
    not paying them for their labor.
14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace
    with spacious upper rooms.’
So he makes large windows in it,
    panels it with cedar
    and decorates it in red.

15 “Does it make you a king
    to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
    He did what was right and just,
    so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
    and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?”
    declares the Lord.
17 “But your eyes and your heart
    are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
    and on oppression and extortion.”

18 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“They will not mourn for him:
    ‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
They will not mourn for him:
    ‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’
19 He will have the burial of a donkey—
    dragged away and thrown
    outside the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
    let your voice be heard in Bashan,
cry out from Abarim,
    for all your allies are crushed.
21 I warned you when you felt secure,
    but you said, ‘I will not listen!’
This has been your way from your youth;
    you have not obeyed me.
22 The wind will drive all your shepherds away,
    and your allies will go into exile.
Then you will be ashamed and disgraced
    because of all your wickedness.
23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,[b]
    who are nestled in cedar buildings,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
    pain like that of a woman in labor!

24 “As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachin[c] son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 I will deliver you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.[d] 26 I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return to.”

28 Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot,
    an object no one wants?
Why will he and his children be hurled out,
    cast into a land they do not know?
29 O land, land, land,
    hear the word of the Lord!
30 This is what the Lord says:
“Record this man as if childless,
    a man who will not prosper in his lifetime,
for none of his offspring will prosper,
    none will sit on the throne of David
    or rule anymore in Judah.”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 22:11 Also called Jehoahaz
  2. Jeremiah 22:23 That is, the palace in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 7:2)
  3. Jeremiah 22:24 Hebrew Koniah, a variant of Jehoiachin; also in verse 28
  4. Jeremiah 22:25 Or Chaldeans
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