Bible: Jer 22

22:1 The Lord told me, 1  “Go down 2  to the palace of the king of Judah. Give him a message from me there. 3  22:2 Say: ‘Listen, O king of Judah who follows in David’s succession. 4  You, your officials, and your subjects who pass through the gates of this palace must listen to what the Lord says. 5  22:3 The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those 6  who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. 7  Do not kill innocent people 8  in this land. 22:4 If you are careful to 9  obey these commands, then the kings who follow in David’s succession and ride in chariots or on horses will continue to come through the gates of this palace, as will their officials and their subjects. 10  22:5 But, if you do not obey these commands, I solemnly swear 11  that this palace will become a pile of rubble. I, the Lord, affirm it! 12 

22:6‘For the Lord says concerning the palace of the king of Judah,

This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me.

It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes.

But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness

whose towns have all been deserted. 13 

22:7 I will send men against it to destroy it 14 

with their axes and hatchets.

They will hack up its fine cedar panels and columns

and throw them into the fire.

22:8‘People from other nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, “Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city? 22:9 The answer will come back, “It is because they broke their covenant with the Lord their God and worshiped and served other gods.”

Judgment on Jehoahaz

22:10‘Do not weep for the king who was killed.

Do not grieve for him.

But weep mournfully for the king who has gone into exile.

For he will never return to see his native land again. 15 

22:11‘For the Lord has spoken about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but was carried off into exile. He has said, “He will never return to this land. 16  22:12 For he will die in the country where they took him as a captive. He will never see this land again.” 17 

Judgment on Jehoiakim

22:13‘Sure to be judged 18  is the king who builds his palace using injustice

and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 19 

He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing.

He does not pay them for their labor.

22:14 He says, “I will build myself a large palace

with spacious upper rooms.”

He cuts windows in its walls,

panels it 20  with cedar, and paints its rooms red. 21 

22:15 Does it make you any more of a king

that you outstrip everyone else in 22  building with cedar?

Just think about your father.

He was content that he had food and drink. 23 

He did what was just and right. 24 

So things went well with him.

22:16 He upheld the cause of the poor and needy.

So things went well for Judah.’ 25 

The Lord says,

That is a good example of what it means to know me.’ 26 

22:17 But you are always thinking and looking

for ways to increase your wealth by dishonest means.

Your eyes and your heart are set

on killing some innocent person

and committing fraud and oppression. 27 

22:18 So 28  the Lord has this to say about Josiah’s son, King Jehoiakim of Judah:

People will not mourn for him, saying,

“This makes me sad, my brother!

This makes me sad, my sister!”

They will not mourn for him, saying,

“Poor, poor lord! Poor, poor majesty! 29 

22:19 He will be left unburied just like a dead donkey.

His body will be dragged off and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.’ 30 

Warning to Jerusalem

22:20 People of Jerusalem, 31  go up to Lebanon and cry out in mourning.

Go to the land of Bashan and cry out loudly.

Cry out in mourning from the mountains of Moab. 32 

For your allies 33  have all been defeated.

22:21 While you were feeling secure I gave you warning. 34 

But you said, “I refuse to listen to you.”

That is the way you have acted from your earliest history onward. 35 

Indeed, you have never paid attention to me.

22:22 My judgment will carry off all your leaders like a storm wind! 36 

Your allies will go into captivity.

Then you will certainly 37  be disgraced and put to shame

because of all the wickedness you have done.

22:23 You may feel as secure as a bird

nesting in the cedars of Lebanon.

But oh how you 38  will groan 39  when the pains of judgment come on you.

They will be like those of a woman giving birth to a baby. 40 

Jeconiah Will Be Permanently Exiled

22:24 The Lord says, 41 

“As surely as I am the living God, you, Jeconiah, 42  king of Judah, son of Jehoiakim, will not be the earthly representative of my authority. Indeed, I will take that right away from you. 43  22:25 I will hand you over to those who want to take your life and of whom you are afraid. I will hand you over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his Babylonian 44  soldiers. 22:26 I will force you and your mother who gave you birth into exile. You will be exiled to 45  a country where neither of you were born, and you will both die there. 22:27 You will never come back to this land to which you will long to return! 46 

22:28 This man, Jeconiah, will be like a broken pot someone threw away.

He will be like a clay vessel 47  that no one wants. 48 

Why will he and his children be forced into exile?

Why will they be thrown out into a country they know nothing about? 49 

22:29 O land of Judah, land of Judah, land of Judah! 50 

Listen to what the Lord has to say!

22:30 The Lord says,

Enroll this man in the register as though he were childless. 51 

Enroll him as a man who will not enjoy success during his lifetime.

For none of his sons will succeed in occupying the throne of David

or ever succeed in ruling over Judah.”

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