Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,2
And say , Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:3
Thus saith the LORD;Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong , do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shedinnocentblood in this place.4
For if ye do this thingindeed , then shall there enter in by the gates of this housekingssitting upon the throne of David,riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.5
But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.6
For thus saith the LORD unto the king'shouse of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited .
And I will preparedestroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choicecedars, and cast them into the fire.8
And manynations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORDdone thus unto this greatcity?9
Then they shall answer , Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshippedothergods, and served them.
10Weep ye not for the dead , neither bemoan him: but weepsore for him that goeth away : for he shall return no more, nor see his nativecountry.11
For thus saith the LORDtouchingShallum the son of Josiahking of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:
But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive , and shall see this land no more.
13Woe unto him that buildeth his housebyunrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour'sservice without wages, and giveth him not for his work;14
That saith , I will build me a widehouse and largeachambers, and cutteth him outwindows; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.15
Shalt thou reign , because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy fathereat and drink , and dojudgment and justice, and then it was well with him?
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.17
But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shedinnocentblood, and for oppression, and for violence,b to do it.
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiahking of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ahsister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ahlord! or, Ah his glory!19
He shall be buried with the burial of an ass,drawn and cast forthbeyond the gates of Jerusalem.20
Go up to Lebanon, and cry ; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed .
I spake unto thee in thy prosperity;c but thou saidst , I will not hear . This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.22
The wind shall eat up all thy pastors , and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.23
O inhabitantd of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangscome upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail !
As I live,saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakimking of Judah were the signet upon my righthand, yet would I pluck thee thence;
And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest , even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.26
And I will cast thee out , and thy mother that bare thee, into anothercountry, where ye were not born ; and there shall ye die .
But to the land whereunto they desiree to return , thither shall they not return .
Is this manConiah a despisedbrokenidol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out , he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
O earth,earth,earth,hear the word of the LORD.30
Thus saith the LORD,Write ye this manchildless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper , sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.