"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,1 so all went well2 with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,3 and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know4 me?" declares the LORD.
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain,5 on shedding innocent blood6 and on oppression and extortion."718
Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn8 for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
He will have the burial9 of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown10 outside the gates of Jerusalem."
"Go up to Lebanon and cry out,11 let your voice be heard in Bashan,12 cry out from Abarim,13 for all your allies14 are crushed.
I warned you when you felt secure,15 but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth;16 you have not obeyed17 me.
The wind18 will drive all your shepherds19 away, and your allies20 will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced21 because of all your wickedness.
You who live in 'Lebanon,a22' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain23 like that of a woman in labor!
"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "even if you, Jehoiachinb24 son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring25 on my right hand, I would still pull you off.
I will hand you over26 to those who seek your life, those you fear--to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians.c