Do not weep for the dead1 [king ] or mourn2 his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return3 nor see his native land again.
For this is what the LORD says about Shalluma4 son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return.
He will die5 in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."
"Woe6 to him who builds7 his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying8 them for their labor.
He says, 'I will build myself a great palace9 with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar10 and decorates it in red.1115
"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,12 so all went well13 with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,14 and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know15 me?" declares the LORD.
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain,16 on shedding innocent blood17 and on oppression and extortion."1818
Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn19 for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
He will have the burial20 of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown21 outside the gates of Jerusalem."