1Thus said Yahweh: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and
speak there this word,
2Say, Hear the word of Yahweh, king of Judah, who
sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who
enter in by these gates.
3Thus says Yahweh: Execute you justice and
righteousness, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the
oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence, to the foreigner, the fatherless,
nor the widow; neither shed innocent blood in this place.
you do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this
house kings sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses,
he, and his servants, and his people.
5But if you will not hear
these words, I swear by myself, says Yahweh, that this house shall become a
6For thus says Yahweh concerning the house of the king of
Judah: You are Gilead to me, and the head of Lebanon; yet
surely I will make you a wilderness, and cities which are not
7I will prepare destroyers against you, everyone with his
weapons; and they shall cut down your choice cedars, and cast them into the
8Many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man
to his neighbor, Why has Yahweh done thus to this great city?
shall answer, Because they forsook the covenant of Yahweh their God, and
worshiped other gods, and served them.
10Don’t you weep for the
dead, neither bemoan him; but weep sore for him who goes away; for he shall
return no more, nor see his native country.
11For thus says Yahweh
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 there any more.
12But in the place where they have led him
captive, there shall he die, and he shall see this land no more.
him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by injustice;
who uses his neighbor’s service without wages, and doesn’t give him his hire;
14who says, I will build me a wide house and spacious chambers, and cuts
him out windows; and it is ceiling with cedar, and painted with vermilion.
15Shall you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar? Didn’t your
father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? then it was well with
16He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.
Wasn’t this to know me? says Yahweh.
17But your eyes and your heart are
not but for your covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for
oppression, and for violence, to do it.
18Therefore thus says Yahweh
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 his glory!
19He shall be buried
with the burial of a donkey, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of
20Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up your voice in Bashan,
and cry from Abarim; for all your lovers are destroyed.
21I spoke to you
in your prosperity; but you said, I will not hear. This has been your manner
from your youth, that you didn’t obey my voice.
22The wind shall feed all
your shepherds, and your lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shall
you be ashamed and confounded for all your wickedness.
Lebanon, who makes your nest in the cedars, how greatly to be pitied shall
you be when pangs come on you, the pain as of a woman in travail!
live, says Yahweh, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the
signet on my right hand, yet would I pluck you there;
25and I will give
you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of them of
whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26I will cast you out, and your
mother who bore you, into another country, where you were not born; and
there shall you die.
27But to the land whereunto their soul longs to
return, there shall they not return.
28Is this man Coniah a despised
broken vessel? is he a vessel in which none delights? why are they cast out,
he and his seed, and are cast into the land which they don’t know?
earth, earth, earth, hear the word of Yahweh.
30Thus says Yahweh, Write
you this man childless, a man who shall not prosper in his days; for no
more shall a man of his seed prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and
ruling in Judah.