Bible: Jer 22:13-17

Judgment on Jehoiakim

22:13‘Sure to be judged 1  is the king who builds his palace using injustice

and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 2 

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 3  with cedar, and paints its rooms red. 4 

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

that you outstrip everyone else in 5  building with cedar?

Just think about your father.

He was content that he had food and drink. 6 

He did what was just and right. 7 

So things went well with him.

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

So things went well for Judah.’ 8 

The Lord says,

That is a good example of what it means to know me.’ 9 

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. 10 

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