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Jeremiah 22:1-23:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Psalms 83:1-18; Proverbs 25:11-14 (Common English Bible)

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20

Oracles against the kings

22 The Lord proclaims: Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and declare this message: Listen to the Lord’s word, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your attendants, and all those who go through these gates. The Lord proclaims: Do what is just and right; rescue the oppressed from the power of the oppressor. Don’t exploit or mistreat the refugee, the orphan, and the widow. Don’t spill the blood of the innocent in this place. If you obey this command, then through the gates of this palace will come kings who occupy the throne of David, riding on chariots and horses along with their entourage and subjects. But if you ignore these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this palace will become a ruin. The Lord proclaims concerning the palace of the king of Judah:

Though you are like Gilead to me,
    like the summit of Lebanon,
    I will turn you into a desert—uninhabited cities.
I will summon destroyers against you,
    who will use their weapons
        to cut down your finest cedars
        and hurl them into the fire.

People from many nations will pass by this city and ask each other: “Why has the Lord treated that great city like this?” And the answer will be, “Because they abandoned the covenant with the Lord their God and worshipped and served other gods.”

10 Don’t weep or lament for the dead king.[a]
    Weep instead for the one who has gone away,
        for he will never return to see his native soil.

11 This is what the Lord says about Shallum son of Judah’s King Josiah, who succeeded his father Josiah as king but who is now gone from this place: He will never return! 12 He will die where he’s been exiled and never see this land again.

13 How terrible for Jehoiakim, who builds his house with corruption
    and his upper chambers with injustice,
        working his countrymen for nothing,
        refusing to give them their wages.
14 He says, “I’ll build myself a grand palace,
    with huge upper chambers,
        ornate windows,
        cedar paneling,
        and rich red decor.”
15 Is this what makes you a king,
    having more cedar than anyone else?
Didn’t your father eat and drink
    and still do what was just and right?
Then it went well for him!
16     He defended the rights of the poor and needy;
        then it went well.
Isn’t that what it means to know me?
    declares the Lord.
17 But you set your eyes and heart
    on nothing but unjust gain;
    you spill the blood of the innocent;
        you practice cruelty;
        you oppress your subjects.

18 Therefore, this is what the Lord says to Jehoiakim son of Judah’s King Josiah:

They won’t grieve for him, saying, “My brother, my sister!”
    They won’t grieve for him, saying, “My master, my majesty!”
19 They will give him a donkey’s burial,
    dragging him outside the gates of Jerusalem
        and dumping him there.

20 Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
    lift up your voice in Bashan,
    cry out from Abarim,
        because all your lovers have been ravished.
21 I spoke to you when you felt safe and secure,
    but you said, “I won’t listen.”
You have been that way since your youth:
    not listening to a word I say.
22 Your shepherds will be tossed to the wind,
    your lovers taken off to exile.
Then you will be embarrassed and humiliated
    by all your wickedness.
23 You who live in Lebanon,
        nestled in cedar,
    who will pity you[b]
        when you are overcome in pain,
        like that of childbirth?

24 As surely as I live, declares the Lord, even if Coniah,[c] King Jehoiakim’s son from Judah were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still remove you from there. 25 I would hand you over to those who seek to kill you, those you dread, even Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar and his army.[d] 26 I will banish you and your mother who bore you to a land far from your native soil, and there the two of you will die. 27 You[e] will never return to the land you[f] long to go back to.

28 Is this man Coniah
    merely a defiled and broken pottery jar
        that no one wants?
Why then have he and his children been hurled out
    and cast into an unfamiliar land?
29 Land, land, land,
    hear the Lord’s word:
30 The Lord proclaims:
Mark this man as childless;
    he will not prosper during his lifetime.
        None of his children
        will sit on David’s throne
        and rule again in Judah.

Promise of restoration

23 Watch out, you shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, declares the Lord. This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, proclaims about the shepherds who “tend to” my people: You are the ones who have scattered my flock and driven them away. You haven’t attended to their needs, so I will take revenge on you for the terrible things you have done to them, declares the Lord. I myself will gather the few remaining sheep from all the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will place over them shepherds who care for them. Then they will no longer be afraid or dread harm, nor will any be missing, declares the Lord.

Promise of a righteous and just king

The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant[g] from David’s line, and he will rule as a wise king. He will do what is just and right in the land. During his lifetime, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And his name will be The Lord Is Our Righteousness.[h]

So the time is coming, declares the Lord, when no one will say, “As the Lord lives who brought up the Israelites from the land of Egypt.” Instead, they will say, “As the Lord lives who brought up the descendants of the people of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where he[i] has banished them so that they can live in their own land.”

Oracles against the prophets

As for the prophets:
My heart inside me is broken;
    my body aches.[j]
I stagger like a drunk
    who has had too much wine to drink,
        because of the Lord
        and because of God’s holy words.
10 Because the country teems
    with adulterers,
    because of them,[k]
        yes, because their might isn’t right
        and their way is evil,
        the land dries up,
        and the grazing areas in the wilderness wither.[l]
11 Both prophet and priest are godless;
    I even find their evil in my temple,
        declares the Lord.
12 Therefore, they will find themselves on slippery ground
    and will be thrust into darkness,
    where they will collapse.
I will bring disaster upon them,
    when their time comes, declares the Lord.
13 In the prophets of Samaria
    I saw something shocking:
    They prophesied by Baal
        and led astray my people Israel.
14 In the prophets of Jerusalem
    I saw something horrible:
    They commit adultery and tell lies.
    They encourage evildoers
        so that no one turns from their wickedness.
In my eyes, they are no better than Sodom;
    its people are like Gomorrah.

15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of heavenly forces proclaims concerning the prophets:

    I’m going to feed them bitter food
        and give them poison to drink.
Wickedness has spread from the prophets of Jerusalem
    throughout the land.

16 The Lord proclaims:
Don’t listen to the prophets
    who are speaking to you;
        they are deceiving you.
    Their visions come from their own hearts,
        not from the Lord’s mouth.
17 They keep saying to those who scorn God’s message,
        “All will go well for you,”
    and to those who follow their own willful hearts,
        “Nothing bad will happen to you.”
18 But who has stood in the Lord’s council
    to listen to God’s word?
        Who has paid attention to his word and announced it?
19 Look! The Lord’s angry storm breaks out;
    it whirls around the heads of the wicked.
20 The Lord’s fierce anger
    won’t turn back
    until it accomplishes all that he has planned.
In the days to come,
    you will understand what this means.


  1. Jeremiah 22:10 Heb lacks king.
  2. Jeremiah 22:23 Heb uncertain
  3. Jeremiah 22:24 Cf Jeconiah in Jer 24:1
  4. Jeremiah 22:25 Or the Babylonians
  5. Jeremiah 22:27 Or They
  6. Jeremiah 22:27 Or they
  7. Jeremiah 23:5 Or branch
  8. Jeremiah 23:6 Or of Our Righteousness, possibly a play on the name Zedekiah
  9. Jeremiah 23:8 Or I
  10. Jeremiah 23:9 Heb uncertain; or my bones shake
  11. Jeremiah 23:10 LXX; MT a curse
  12. Jeremiah 23:10 Heb uncertain
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