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Jeremiah 22:1-23 (New International Version)

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Judgment Against Evil Kings

1 This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king1 of Judah and proclaim this message there: 2 'Hear2 the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne3--you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.4 3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just5 and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor6 the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow,7 and do not shed innocent blood8 in this place. 4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings9 who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. 5 But if you do not obey10 these commands, declares the LORD, I swear11 by myself that this palace will become a ruin.' " 6 For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah: "Though you are like Gilead12 to me, like the summit of Lebanon,13 I will surely make you like a desert,14 like towns not inhabited. 7 I will send destroyers15 against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut16 up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.17 8 "People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?'18 9 And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.19' " 10 Do not weep for the dead20 [king ] or mourn21 his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return22 nor see his native land again. 11 For this is what the LORD says about Shalluma23 son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return. 12 He will die24 in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again." 13 "Woe25 to him who builds26 his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying27 them for their labor. 14 He says, 'I will build myself a great palace28 with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar29 and decorates it in red.30 15 "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,31 so all went well32 with him. 16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,33 and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know34 me?" declares the LORD. 17 "But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain,35 on shedding innocent blood36 and on oppression and extortion."37 18 Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn38 for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!' 19 He will have the burial39 of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown40 outside the gates of Jerusalem." 20 "Go up to Lebanon and cry out,41 let your voice be heard in Bashan,42 cry out from Abarim,43 for all your allies44 are crushed. 21 I warned you when you felt secure,45 but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth;46 you have not obeyed47 me. 22 The wind48 will drive all your shepherds49 away, and your allies50 will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced51 because of all your wickedness. 23 You who live in 'Lebanon,b52' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain53 like that of a woman in labor!
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