Jeremiah 22

Warning of Jerusalem’s Fall

1Thus says the  Lord, “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word 2and say, ‘Hear the word of the  Lord, O king of Judah, who a  sits on David’s throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates. 3Thus says the  Lord, b  Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his c  oppressor. Also d  do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not e  shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you men will indeed perform this thing, then f  kings will enter the gates of this house, sitting
Lit for David
in David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people.
5 h  But if you will not obey these words, I i  swear by Myself,” declares the  Lord, “that this house will become a desolation.”’” 6For thus says the  Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah: “You are like j  Gilead to Me,
Like the summit of Lebanon;
Yet most assuredly I will make you like a k  wilderness,
Like cities which are not inhabited.
7For I will set apart l  destroyers against you,
Each with his weapons;
And they will m  cut down your choicest cedars
And n  throw them on the fire.

8Many nations will pass by this city; and they will o  say to one another, ‘Why has the  Lord done thus to this great city?’ 9“Then they will
Lit say
answer, ‘Because they q  forsook the covenant of the  Lord their God and bowed down to other gods and served them.’”
10 r  Do not weep for the dead or mourn for him,
But weep continually for the one who goes away;
For s  he will never return
Or see his native land.

11For thus says the  Lord in regard to
I.e. Jehoahaz
u  Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who became king in the place of Josiah his father, who went forth from this place, “He will never return there;
12but in the place where they led him captive, there he will v  die and not see this land again.

Messages about the Kings

13Woe to him who builds his house w  without righteousness
And his
Or roof chambers
upper rooms without justice,
Who uses his neighbor’s services without pay
And y  does not give him his wages,
14Who says, ‘I will z  build myself a roomy house
With spacious
Or roof chambers
upper rooms,
And cut out its windows,
Or Paneled
Paneling it with ac  cedar and painting it
Or vermilion
bright red.’
15Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
And ae  do justice and righteousness?
Then it was af  well with him.
16He pled the cause of the ag  afflicted and needy;
Then it was well.
ah  Is not that what it means to know Me?”
Declares the  Lord.
17But your eyes and your heart
Are intent only upon your own ai  dishonest gain,
And on aj  shedding innocent blood
And on practicing oppression and extortion.”

18Therefore thus says the  Lord in regard to ak  Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, “They will not al  lament for him:
am  Alas, my brother!’ or, ‘Alas, sister!’
They will not lament for him:
Alas for the master!’ or, ‘Alas for his splendor!’
19“He will be an  buried with a donkey’s burial,
Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
And lift up your voice in Bashan;
Cry out also from ao  Abarim,
For all your ap  lovers have been crushed.
21I spoke to you in your prosperity;
But aq  you said, ‘I will not listen!’
ar  This has been your practice as  from your youth,
That you have not obeyed My voice.
22The wind will sweep away all your at  shepherds,
And your au  lovers will go into captivity;
Then you will surely be av  ashamed and humiliated
Because of all your wickedness.
23You who dwell in Lebanon,
Nested in the cedars,
How you will groan when pangs come upon you,
aw  Pain like a woman in childbirth!

24As I live,” declares the  Lord, “even though
I.e. Jehoiachin
ay  Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a az  signet ring on My right hand, yet I would pull
I.e. Jehoiachin
Lit off from there
25and I will bc  give 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 bd  hurl you and your be  mother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you will die. 27But as for the land to which they desire to return, they will not return to it. 28Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered jar?
Or is he an bf  undesirable vessel?
Why have he and his descendants been bg  hurled out
And cast into a bh  land that they had not known?
29 bi  O land, land, land,
Hear the word of the  Lord!

30Thus says the  Lord, Write this man down bj  childless,
A man who will bk  not prosper in his days;
For no man of his bl  descendants will prosper
Sitting on the throne of David
Or ruling again in Judah.’”

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