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Version 0.31.57, 15 October 2020

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Jeremiah Chapter 22

1This is what the Lord says: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak these words there, 2and say, ‘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 come through these gates. 3This is what the Lord says: «Administer justice and righteousness, and deliver him who has been plundered from the hand of the oppressor, and do not drive out or do violence to the foreigner, orphan, or widow. And do not shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you diligently do this thing, then kings will enter through the gates of this house, sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, each and his servants, and his people. 5But if you do not heed these things, I have sworn by myself, says the Lord, that this house will become a ruin.» 6For this is what the Lord says to the house of the king of Judah:

«You are Gilead to me

– The summit of Lebanon –

But I will certainly make you a desert

– Cities which are not inhabited.

7And I will consecrate destroyers against you

– Each one and his weapons –

And they will cut your choice cedars down,

And consign them to the fire.

8Many nations will pass by this city, and they will say to one another, ‹Why has the Lord done this to this great city?› 9And they will say, ‹Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.›

10Do not weep for him who is dead,

And do not bemoan him;

Weep profusely rather

For him who goes away,

For he will not return again

Or see his native land.»

11For this is what the Lord says to Shallum, the son of Josiah king of Judah, who was reigning in place of Josiah his father, who went out of this place: «He will not return there any more. 12For the place to which they deport him is where he will die, and he will no longer see this country.

13Woe to him who builds his house on an unrighteous basis,

And his upper rooms in an unjust way,

With his neighbour working for nothing,

And not giving him his wages,

14Who says,

‹I will build myself a vast house,

And spacious upper rooms.›

And he cuts himself out windows,

And it is panelled with cedar,

And it is painted with red ochre.

15Will you reign

Because you are zealous about cedar?

Did your father not eat and drink,

And administer justice and righteousness,

And then things went well with him?

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

Then it went well with him.

Is this not knowing me?

Says the Lord.

17For your eyes and your heart

Are set on nothing but personal profit,

And on shedding the blood of the innocent,

And on oppression and on inflicting ill treatment».

18That is why this is what the Lord says concerning Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah:

«They shall not mourn for him, saying,

‹Alas, my brother›,

And, ‹Alas, sister.›

They shall not mourn for him saying,

‹Alas, lord›,

Or, ‹Alas for his illustriousness.›

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

Which they drag and cast down

Beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

20Go up to Lebanon and cry out,

And raise your voice in Bashan,

And cry out from Abarim,

For all your lovers have been routed.

21I spoke to you in your time at ease,

But you said, ‹I will not hear.›

This has been your way since your youth,

For you have not heeded my voice.

22The wind will consume all your shepherds,

And your lovers will go into captivity,

For then you will be put to shame,

And you will suffer ignominy

Because of all your wickedness.

23You who live in Lebanon,

Who have had your nest built in the cedars,

How pitiable you are

When the pangs come upon you

– The throes as of a woman giving birth.

24As I live, says the Lord, even if Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were a signet on my right hand, I would still pluck you off it. 25And I will deliver you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose presence you fear, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26And I will cast you out, and your mother who gave birth to you, to another land where you were not born, and you will die there. 27And to a land where they will set their heart on returning, but they will not return to it.

28Is this man Coniah not a despicable smashed piece of earthenware?

Or a vessel which has nothing attractive about it?

Why have he and his seed been cast out

And ejected into a land

Which they have not known?»

29O earth, earth, earth,

Hear the word of the Lord.

30This is what the Lord says:

«Record this man as childless

– A man who will not prosper in his days –

For none of his seed will prosper,

Neither as a man sitting on the throne of David,

Nor a ruler in Judah any more.» ’ ”

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