Jeremiah 22New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
The Lord Judges Evil Kings
22 The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Go down to the palace of the king of Judah. Announce my message there. Tell him, 2 ‘King of Judah, listen to the Lord’s message. You are sitting on David’s throne. You and your officials and your people come through these gates. 3 The Lord says, “Do what is fair and right. Save those who have been robbed. Set them free from the people who have treated them badly. Do not do anything wrong to outsiders or widows in this place. Do not harm children whose fathers have died. Do not kill those who are not guilty of doing anything wrong. 4 Be careful to obey these commands. Then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace. They will come riding in chariots and on horses. Their officials and their people will come along with them. 5 But suppose you do not obey these commands,” announces the Lord. “Then I promise you that this palace will be destroyed. You can be as sure of this promise as you are sure that I live.” ’ ”
6 The Lord speaks about the palace of the king of Judah. He says,
“You are like the land of Gilead to me.
8 “People from many nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’ 9 And the answer will be, ‘This happened because of what its people have done. They have turned away from the covenant the Lord their God made with them. They have worshiped other gods. And they have served them.’ ”
10 Don’t weep over dead King Josiah.
11 Jehoahaz became king of Judah after his father Josiah. But he has gone away from this place. That’s because the Lord says about him, “He will never return. 12 He will die in Egypt. That is where he was taken as a prisoner. He will not see this land again.”
13 The Lord says, “How terrible it will be for King Jehoiakim!
15 “Jehoiakim, does having more and more cedar boards
18 So the Lord speaks about King Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah. He says,
“His people will not mourn for him.
20 The Lord says, “People of Jerusalem, go up to Lebanon.
24 “King Jehoiachin, you are the son of Jehoiakim,” announces the Lord. “Suppose you were a ring on my right hand. And suppose the ring even had my royal mark on it. Then I would still pull you off my finger. And that is just as sure as I am alive. 25 I will hand you over to those who want to kill you. I will hand you over to people you are afraid of. I will give you to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. I will hand you over to his armies. 26 I will throw you out into another country. I will throw your mother out. Neither of you was born in that country. But both of you will die there. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return to.”
28 This man Jehoiachin is like a broken pot.
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