Thus says the LORD: "Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word,
and say, 1'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates.
Thus says the LORD: 2Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And 3do no wrong or violence 4to the resident alien, 5the fatherless, and the widow, nor 6shed innocent blood in this place.
For if you will indeed obey this word, 7then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people.
But if you will not obey these words, I 8swear by myself, declares the LORD, that 9this house shall become a desolation.
For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah: "'You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of 10Lebanon, yet surely I will make you a desert, 11an uninhabited city.a