The Lord says concerning Josiah's son Joahaz, who succeeded his father as king of Judah, "He has gone away from here, never to return. 1
He will die in the country where they have taken him, and he will never again see this land."
Doomed is the one who builds his house by injustice and enlarges it by dishonesty; who makes his people work for nothing and does not pay their wages.
Doomed is the one who says, "I will build myself a mansion with spacious rooms upstairs." So he puts windows in his house, panels it with cedar, and paints it red.
Does it make you a better king if you build houses of cedar, finer than those of others? Your father enjoyed a full life. He was always just and fair, and he prospered in everything he did.
He gave the poor a fair trial, and all went well with him. That is what it means to know the Lord.
But you can only see your selfish interests; you kill the innocent and violently oppress your people. The Lord has spoken.
So then, the Lord says about Josiah's son Jehoiakim, king of Judah, 2 "No one will mourn his death or say, "How terrible, my friend, how terrible!' No one will weep for him or cry, "My lord! My king!'
With the funeral honors of a donkey, he will be dragged away and thrown outside Jerusalem's gates."
People of Jerusalem, go to Lebanon and shout, go to the land of Bashan and cry; call out from the mountains of Moab, because all your allies have been defeated.
The Lord spoke to you when you were prosperous, but you refused to listen. That is what you've done all your life; you never would obey the Lord.