This is what the Lord says: Administer justice and righteousness.a Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor.b Don't exploit or brutalize the alien, the fatherless, or the widow. Don't shed innocent blood in this place.
For if you conscientiously carry out this word, then kings sitting on David's throne will enter through the gates of this palace riding on chariots and horses-they, their officers, and their people.
But if you do not obey these words, then I swear by Myself"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"that this house will become a ruin."c6
For this is what the Lord says concerning the house of the king of Judah: You are like Gilead to Me, [or] the summit of Lebanon, but I will certainly turn you into a wilderness, uninhabited cities.
I will appoint destroyers against you, each with his weapons. They will cut down the choicest of your cedars and throw them into the fire.
"Many nations will pass by this city and ask one another: Why did the Lord do such a thing to this great city?
They will answer: Because they abandoned the covenantd of the Lord their God and worshiped and served other gods."e
Do not weep for the dead; do not mourn for him. f Weep bitterly for the one who has gone away, for he will never return again and see his native land.
For this is what the Lord says concerning Shallumg son of Josiah, king of Judah, who succeeded Josiah his father as king: "He has left this place-he will never return here again,
but he will die in the place where they deported him, never seeing this land again."