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Jeremiah 22:13-19 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

13 “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness,
    and his upper rooms by injustice;
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,’
and cuts out windows for it,
    paneling it with cedar,
    and 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 do justice and righteousness?
    Then it was well with him.
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
    then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
                says the Lord.
17 But you have eyes and heart
    only for your dishonest gain,
for shedding innocent blood,
    and for practicing oppression and violence.”

18 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoi′akim the son of Josi′ah, king of Judah:

“They shall not lament for him, saying,
    ‘Ah my brother!’ or ‘Ah sister!’
They shall not lament for him, saying,
    ‘Ah lord!’ or ‘Ah his majesty!’
19 With the burial of an ass he shall be buried,
    dragged and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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