If you obey me, there will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. The king will ride through the palace gates in chariots and on horses, with his parade of officials and subjects.
But if you refuse to pay attention to this warning, I swear by my own name, says the LORD, that this palace will become a pile of rubble.'"
Now this is what the LORD says concerning the royal palace: "You are as beloved to me as fruitful Gilead and the green forests of Lebanon. But I will destroy you and leave you deserted, with no one living within your walls.
I will call for wreckers, who will bring out their tools to dismantle you. They will tear out all your fine cedar beams and throw them on the fire.
People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, 'Why did the LORD destroy such a great city?'
And the answer will be, 'Because they violated their covenant with the LORD their God by worshiping other gods.'"
Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss. Instead, weep for the captive king being led away! For he will never return to see his native land again.
For this is what the LORD says about Jehoahaz, a who succeeded his father, King Josiah, and was taken away as a captive: "He will never return.
He will die in a distant land and never again see his own country."
And the LORD says, "Destruction is certain for Jehoiakim, b who builds his palace with forced labor. c By not paying wages, he builds injustice into its walls and oppression into its doorframes and ceilings.
He says, 'I will build a magnificent palace with huge rooms and many windows, paneled throughout with fragrant cedar and painted a lovely red.'
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)