Jeremiah 22:1-30, NLT
A Message for Judah’s Kings
1This is what the Lord said to me: “Go over and speak directly to the king of Judah. Say to him,
A Message about the Palace
6Now this is what the Lord says concerning Judah’s royal palace:
“I love you as much as fruitful Gilead
and the green forests of Lebanon.
But I will turn you into a desert,
with no one living within your walls.
7I will call for wreckers,
who will bring out their tools to dismantle you.
They will tear out all your fine cedar beams
and throw them on the fire.
8“People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, ‘Why did the Lord destroy such a great city?’
A Message about Jehoahaz
10Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss.
Instead, weep for the captive king being led away!
For he will never return to see his native land again.
11For this is what the Lord says about Jehoahaz,*22:11 Hebrew Shallum, another name for Jehoahaz. who succeeded his father, King Josiah, and was taken away as a captive: “He will never return.
A Message about Jehoiakim
13And the Lord says, “What sorrow awaits Jehoiakim,*22:13a The brother and successor of the exiled Jehoahaz. See 22:18.
who builds his palace with forced labor.*22:13b Hebrew by unrighteousness.
He builds injustice into its walls,
for he makes his neighbors work for nothing.
He does not pay them for their labor.
14He says, ‘I will build a magnificent palace
with huge rooms and many windows.
I will panel it throughout with fragrant cedar
and paint it a lovely red.’
15But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!
Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink.
But he was just and right in all his dealings.
That is why God blessed him.
16He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,
and everything went well for him.
Isn’t that what it means to know me?”
says the Lord.
17“But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty!
You murder the innocent,
oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly.”
18Therefore, this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim, son of King Josiah:
“The people will not mourn for him, crying to one another,
‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
His subjects will not mourn for him, crying,
‘Alas, our master is dead! Alas, his splendor is gone!’
19He will be buried like a dead donkey—
dragged out of Jerusalem and dumped outside the gates!
20Weep for your allies in Lebanon.
Shout for them in Bashan.
Search for them in the regions east of the river.*22:20 Or in Abarim.
See, they are all destroyed.
Not one is left to help you.
21I warned you when you were prosperous,
but you replied, ‘Don’t bother me.’
You have been that way since childhood—
you simply will not obey me!
22And now the wind will blow away your allies.
All your friends will be taken away as captives.
Surely then you will see your wickedness and be ashamed.
23It may be nice to live in a beautiful palace
paneled with wood from the cedars of Lebanon,
but soon you will groan with pangs of anguish—
anguish like that of a woman in labor.
A Message for Jehoiachin
24“As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “I will abandon you, Jehoiachin*22:24 Hebrew Coniah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin; also in 22:28. son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Even if you were the signet ring on my right hand, I would pull you off.
28“Why is this man Jehoiachin like a discarded, broken jar?
Why are he and his children to be exiled to a foreign land?
29O earth, earth, earth!
Listen to this message from the Lord!
30This is what the Lord says:
‘Let the record show that this man Jehoiachin was childless.
He is a failure,
for none of his children will succeed him on the throne of David
to rule over Judah.’