22 1Thus said Jehovah: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and
speak there this word,
2And say, Hear the word of Jehovah, O king of
Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy
people that enter in by these gates.
3Thus saith Jehovah: Execute ye
justice and righteousness, and deliver him that is robbed out of the hand of
the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence, to the sojourner, the
fatherless, nor the widow; neither shed innocent blood in this place.
4For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates
of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and
on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.
5But if ye will not hear
these words, I swear by myself, saith Jehovah, that this house shall become a
6For thus saith Jehovah concerning the house of the king of
Judah: Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon; yet
surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not
7And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with
his weapons; and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into
8And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say
every man to his neighbor, Wherefore hath Jehovah done thus unto this great
9Then they shall answer, Because they forsook the covenant of
Jehovah their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
not for the dead, neither bemoan him; but weep sore for him that goeth away;
for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.
11For thus saith
Jehovah touching Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned
instead of Josiah his father, and who went forth out of this place:
He shall not return thither any more.
12But in the place whither they
have led him captive, there shall he die, and he shall see this land no more.
13Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his
chambers by injustice; that useth his neighbor's service without wages, and
giveth him not his hire;
14that saith, I will build me a wide house and
spacious chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar,
and painted with vermilion.
15Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to
excel in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do justice and
righteousness? then it was well with him.
16He judged the cause of the
poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this to know me? saith Jehovah.
17But thine eyes and thy heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for
shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
18Therefore thus saith Jehovah concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,
king of Judah: they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother!
or, Ah sister! They shall not lament for him, saying Ah lord! or, Ah
19He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast
forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and
lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from Abarim; for all thy lovers are
21I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will
not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my
22The wind shall feed all thy shepherds, and thy lovers shall go
into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy
23O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the
cedars, how greatly to be pitied shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the
pain as of a woman in travail!
24As I live, saith Jehovah, though Coniah
the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet
would I pluck thee thence;
25and I will give thee into the hand of them
that seek thy life, and into the hand of them of whom thou art afraid, even
into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the
26And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee,
into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.
27But to the land whereunto their soul longeth to return, thither shall
they not return.
28Is this man Coniah a despised broken vessel? is he a
vessel wherein none delighteth? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed,
and are cast into the land which they know not?
29O earth, earth, earth,
hear the word of Jehovah.
30Thus saith Jehovah, Write ye this man
childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days; for no more shall a man
of his seed prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling in