22 *Thus saith the Lord; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2 And say, aHear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, bthat sittest upon the throne of David, cthou, and thy servants, and thy people athat enter in by these gates: 3 Thus saith the Lord; dExecute ye judgment and righteousness, dand deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and edo no wrong, do no violence efto the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither fgshed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, hthen shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings isitting †upon the throne of David, hriding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. 5 But if ye will not hear these words, jI swear by myself, saith the Lord, that this house kshall become a desolation. 6 For thus saith the Lord unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of lLebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and mcities which are not inhabited. 7 And I will nprepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down othy choice cedars, and pcast them into the fire. 8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, qWherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this great city? 9 rThen they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, rand worshipped other gods, and served them.
But weep sore for uhim that goeth away:
For he shall return no more,
Nor see his native country.
11 For thus saith the Lord touching vShallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, uwwhich went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more: 12 But he shall die win the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.
And his zchambers by wrong;
And giveth him not for his work;
And cutteth him out ||windows;
15 Shalt thou reign, because thou eclosest thyself in cedar?
Did not thy father eat and drink,
And fdo judgment and justice,
And then git was well with him?
Was not this ito know me? saith the Lord.
And jfor to shed innocent blood,
18 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning mJehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah;
They shall not lament for him, saying, pAh lord! or, Ah his glory!
qDrawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20 *Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan,
And cry from rthe passages:
For all sthy lovers are destroyed.
21 I spake unto thee in thy †prosperity;
But thou saidst, I will not hear.
This hath been thy manner tfrom thy youth,
uThat thou obeyedst not my voice.
22 The wind shall eat up all vthy pastors,
And sthy lovers shall go into captivity:
Surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.
How gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee,
yThe pain as of a woman in travail!
24 zAs I live, saith the Lord, though aConiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were bthe signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence; 25 And cI will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them dwhose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 eAnd fI will cast thee out, and gthy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die. 27 But to the land whereunto they †desire to return, hthither shall they not return. 28 Is this man aConiah a despised broken idol? is he ia vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they kcast out, he and his seed, and are ecast into la land which they know not? 29 mO earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord. 30 Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man nchildless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, ositting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
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