Jeremiah 22

1Thus says the  Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, 2and say, a  Hear the word of the  Lord, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. 3Thus says the  Lord: b  Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And c  do no wrong or violence d  to the resident alien e  the fatherless, and the widow, nor f  shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you will indeed obey this word g  then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. 5But if you will not obey these words, I h  swear by myself, declares the  Lord, that i  this house shall become a desolation. 6For thus says the  Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:

“‘You are like Gilead to me,
like the summit of j  Lebanon,
yet surely I will make you a desert,
k  an uninhabited city.
Hebrew cities

7 m  I will prepare destroyers against you,
each with his weapons,
n  and they shall cut down your choicest cedars
and cast them into the fire.

8“‘And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor o  Why has the  Lord dealt thus with this great city?” 9 p  And they will answer, “Because they have forsaken the covenant of the  Lord their God and worshiped other gods and served them.”’”

10 q  Weep not for him who is dead,
nor grieve for him,
r  but weep bitterly for him who goes away,
for he shall return no more
to see his native land.

Message to the Sons of Josiah

11For thus says the  Lord concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and s  who went away from this place: “He shall return here no more, 12but t  in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again.”

13 u  Woe to him who builds his house by v  unrighteousness,
and his upper rooms by injustice,
w  who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing
and does not give him his wages,
14who says, ‘I will build myself a great house
with spacious upper rooms,’
who cuts out windows for it,
paneling it with cedar
and x  painting it with vermilion.
15Do you think you are a king
because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
and y  do justice and righteousness?
z  Then it was well with him.
16 aa  He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
ab  then it was well.
Is not this ac  to know me?
declares the  Lord.
17But you have eyes and heart
only for your dishonest gain,
ad  for shedding innocent blood,
and for practicing oppression and violence.”

18Therefore thus says the  Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

ae  “They shall not lament for him, saying,
af  Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’
They shall not lament for him, saying,
ag  Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’
19With the burial of a donkey ah  he shall be buried,
dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”
20 “Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from ai  Abarim,
for all aj  your lovers are destroyed.
21I spoke to you in your prosperity,
but you said, ‘I will not listen.’
ak  This has been your way from al  your youth,
that you have not obeyed my voice.
22 am  The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
and an  your lovers shall go into captivity;
ao  then you will be ashamed and confounded
because of all your evil.
23O inhabitant of ap  Lebanon,
nested among the cedars,
how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you,
aq  pain as of a woman in labor!”

24 ar  “As I live, declares the  Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were as  the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off 25and at  give you au  into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 av  I will hurl you and aw  the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. 27But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”

28 Is this man ax  Coniah a despised, broken pot,
a ay  vessel no one cares for?
Why are he and his children hurled and cast
into a az  land that they do not know?
29 ba  O land, land, land,
hear the word of the  Lord!
30Thus says the  Lord:
Write this man down as bb  childless,
a man who shall not succeed in his days,
bc  for none of his offspring shall succeed
bd  in sitting on the throne of David
and ruling again in Judah.”
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