He says, 'I will build myself a great palace1 with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar2 and decorates it in red.315
"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,4 so all went well5 with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,6 and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know7 me?" declares the LORD.
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain,8 on shedding innocent blood9 and on oppression and extortion."1018
Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn11 for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
He will have the burial12 of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown13 outside the gates of Jerusalem."
"Go up to Lebanon and cry out,14 let your voice be heard in Bashan,15 cry out from Abarim,16 for all your allies17 are crushed.
I warned you when you felt secure,18 but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth;19 you have not obeyed20 me.
The wind21 will drive all your shepherds22 away, and your allies23 will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced24 because of all your wickedness.
You who live in 'Lebanon,a25' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain26 like that of a woman in labor!
"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "even if you, Jehoiachinb27 son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring28 on my right hand, I would still pull you off.