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Judgment Against Wicked Kings

22 This is what the Lord says: “Go down to the palace of the kingc of Judah and proclaim this message there: ‘Heard the word of the Lord to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s thronee—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.f This is what the Lord says: Do what is justg and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressorh the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow,i and do not shed innocent bloodj in this place. For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kingsk who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. But if you do not obeyl these commands, declares the Lord, I swearm by myself that this palace will become a ruin.’ ”

For this is what the Lord says about the palace of the king of Judah:

“Though you are like Gileadn to me,

like the summit of Lebanon,o

I will surely make you like a wasteland,p

like towns not inhabited.

I will send destroyersq against you,

each man with his weapons,

and they will cutr up your fine cedar beams

and throw them into the fire.s

“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’t And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshiped and served other gods.u’ ”

10 Do not weep for the deadv king or mournw his loss;

rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled,

because he will never returnx

nor see his native land again.

11 For this is what the Lord says about Shalluma y son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: “He will never return. 12 He will diez in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.”

13 “Woea to him who buildsb his palace by unrighteousness,

his upper rooms by injustice,

making his own people work for nothing,

not payingc them for their labor.

14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palaced

with spacious upper rooms.’

So he makes large windows in it,

panels it with cedare

and decorates it in red.f

15 “Does it make you a king

to have more and more cedar?

Did not your father have food and drink?

He did what was right and just,g

so all went wellh with him.

16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,i

and so all went well.

Is that not what it means to knowj me?”

declares the Lord.

17 “But your eyes and your heart

are set only on dishonest gain,k

on shedding innocent bloodl

and on oppression and extortion.”m

18 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“They will not mournn for him:

‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’

They will not mourn for him:

‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’

19 He will have the burialo of a donkey—

dragged away and thrownp

outside the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,q

let your voice be heard in Bashan,r

cry out from Abarim,s

for all your alliest are crushed.

21 I warned you when you felt secure,u

but you said, ‘I will not listen!’

This has been your way from your youth;v

you have not obeyedw me.

22 The windx will drive all your shepherdsy away,

and your alliesz will go into exile.

Then you will be ashamed and disgraceda

because of all your wickedness.

23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,b b

who are nestled in cedar buildings,

how you will groan when pangs come upon you,

painc like that of a woman in labor!

24 “As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachinc d son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ringe on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 I will deliverf you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.d 26 I will hurlg you and the motherh who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to returni to.”

28 Is this man Jehoiachinj a despised, broken pot,k

an object no one wants?

Why will he and his children be hurledl out,

cast into a landm they do not know?

2O land,n land, land,

hear the word of the Lord!

30 This is what the Lord says:

“Record this man as if childless,o

a man who will not prosperp in his lifetime,

for none of his offspringq will prosper,

none will sit on the throner of David

or rule anymore in Judah.”


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