22 Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word, 2 and say, a‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, you who sit on the throne of David, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates! 3 Thus says the Lord: b“Execute 1judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the cfatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if you indeed do this thing, dthen shall enter the gates of this house, riding on horses and in chariots, accompanied by servants and people, kings who sit on the throne of David. 5 But if you will not 2hear these words, eI swear by Myself,” says the Lord, “that this house shall become a desolation.” ’ ”
“You are fGilead to Me,
The head of Lebanon;
Yet I surely will make you a wilderness,
Cities which are not inhabited.
Everyone with his weapons;
They shall cut down gyour choice cedars
hAnd cast them into the fire.
8 And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbor, i‘Why has the Lord done so to this great city?’ 9 Then they will answer, j‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.’ ”
10 Weep not for kthe dead, nor bemoan him;
Weep bitterly for him lwho goes away,
For he shall return no more,
Nor see his native country.
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