Jeremiah 22:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings1 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 obey2 these commands, declares the LORD, I swear3 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 Gilead4 to me, like the summit of Lebanon,5 I will surely make you like a desert,6 like towns not inhabited. 7 I will send destroyers7 against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut8 up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.9 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?'10 9 And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.11' " 10 Do not weep for the dead12 [king ] or mourn13 his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return14 nor see his native land again. 11 For this is what the LORD says about Shalluma15 son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return. 12 He will die16 in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again." 13 "Woe17 to him who builds18 his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying19 them for their labor. 14 He says, 'I will build myself a great palace20 with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar21 and decorates it in red.22
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