Jeremiah 22:13-30

Messages about the Kings

13 "Woe to him who builds his house 1without righteousness And his upper rooms without justice, Who uses his neighbor's services without pay And 2does not give him his wages,
14 Who says, 'I will 3build myself a roomy house With spacious upper rooms, And cut out its windows, Paneling it with 4cedar and painting it bright red.'
15 "Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink And 5do justice and righteousness? Then it was 6well with him.
16 "He pled the cause of the 7afflicted and needy; Then it was well. 8Is not that what it means to know Me?" Declares the LORD.
17 "But your eyes and your heart Are intent only * upon your own 9dishonest gain, And on 10shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion."
18 Therefore thus says the LORD in regard to 11Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, "They will not 12lament for him: '13Alas, my brother!' or, 'Alas, sister!' They will not lament for him: 'Alas for the master!' or, 'Alas for his splendor!'
19 "He will be 14buried with a donkey's burial, Dragged off and thrown out beyond * the gates of Jerusalem.
20 "Go up to Lebanon and cry out, And lift up your voice in Bashan; Cry out also from 15Abarim, For all your 16lovers have been crushed.
21 "I spoke to you in your prosperity; But 17you said, 'I will not listen!' 18This has been your practice 19from your youth, That you have not obeyed My voice.
22 "The wind will sweep away all your 20shepherds, And your 21lovers will go into captivity; Then you will surely be 22ashamed and humiliated Because of all your wickedness.
23 "You who dwell in Lebanon, Nested in the cedars, How you will groan when pangs come upon you, 23Pain like a woman in childbirth!
24 "As I live," declares the LORD, "even though 24Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a 25signet ring on My right hand, yet I would pull you off;
25 and I will 26give you over into the hand of those who are seeking your life, yes, into the hand of those whom you dread, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26 "I will 27hurl you and your 28mother who bore you into another country where * you were not born, and there you will die.
27 "But as for the land to which they desire * to return, they will not return to it.
28 "Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered jar? Or is he an 29undesirable * vessel? Why have he and his descendants been 30hurled out And cast into a 31land that they had not known?
29 "32O land, land, land, Hear the word of the LORD!
30 "Thus says the LORD, 'Write this man down 33childless, A man who will 34not prosper in his days; For no man of his 35descendants will prosper Sitting on the throne of David Or ruling again in Judah.' "
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