1Thussays the LORD, "Godown to the house of the king of Judah, and therespeakthisword2
and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who 1sits on David'sthrone, you and your servants and your people who enterthesegates.
3'Thussays the LORD, "2Dojustice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his 3oppressor. Also 4do not mistreat or doviolence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not 5shedinnocentblood in thisplace.
"For if you men will indeedperformthisthing, then 6kings will enter the gates of thishouse, sittingain David's place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people.
"7But if you will not obeythesewords, I 8swear by Myself," declares the LORD, "that thishouse will become a desolation.""'
For thussays the LORDconcerning the house of the king of Judah: "You are like 9Gilead to Me, Like the summit of Lebanon; Yet mostassuredly I will make you like a 10wilderness, Like cities which are not inhabited.