Jeremiah 22:11–23

11 For thus says Yahweh concerning Shallum, the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, who reigned as king in place of Josiah his father, who went out from this place: “He will not return here again. 12 But in the place where they have deported him, there he will die, and he will not see this land again.

13 Woe to the one who builds his house without righteousness,

and his upper rooms without justice.

His fellow countryman, he works for nothing,

and he does not give to him his wages.h

14 Who says ‘I will build for myself

a spacious house with large upper rooms,’

and he cuts windows for it,

and it isi paneled with cedar,

and he paints itj with vermilion.

15 Do you reign as king because you are competing in cedar?

Did not your father eat and drink,

and he did justice and righteousness,

then it was well with him?

16 He judged the legal cause of the needy and the poor,

and then it was well.

Is that not what it means to know me?kdeclaresl Yahweh.

17 “But there is nothing in your eyes and your heart

exceptm your unlawful gain,

and on shedding the blood of the innocent,

and on committing oppression and extortion.”

18 Thereforen thus says Yahweh concerning Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, the king of Judah:

“They will not lament for him,

‘Alas, my brother,’ or ‘Alas, sister.’

They will not lament for him,

‘Alas, lord,’ or ‘alas, his majesty.’

19 He will be buried with the burial of a donkey.

He will beo dragged away and thrown outsidep the gates of Jerusalem.

20 Go up to Lebanon and cry out,

and in Bashan lift up your voice,

and cry out from Abarim,

for all your lovers are shattered.

21 I spoke to you in the times you were secure,q

and you said, ‘I will not listen!’

This was your way from your youth,

for you have not obeyed my voice.

22 All your shepherds will shepherd the wind,

and your lovers will go into captivity.

Yes, then you will be ashamed and humiliated

because of all your wickedness.

23 Inhabitantsr of Lebanon,

nestled among the cedars,

how you will groan when labor pains come to you,

anguish as the woman who gives birth.

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