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Jeremiah 22:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 'Hear1 the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne2--you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.3 3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just4 and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor5 the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow,6 and do not shed innocent blood7 in this place. 4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings8 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 obey9 these commands, declares the LORD, I swear10 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 Gilead11 to me, like the summit of Lebanon,12 I will surely make you like a desert,13 like towns not inhabited. 7 I will send destroyers14 against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut15 up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.16 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?'17 9 And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.18' " 10 Do not weep for the dead19 [king ] or mourn20 his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return21 nor see his native land again. 11 For this is what the LORD says about Shalluma22 son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return. 12 He will die23 in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."
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