1Thus said Yahweh: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2‘Hear Yahweh’s word, king of Judah, who sits on David’s throne, you, and your servants, and your people who enter in by these gates. 3Yahweh says: “Execute justice and righteousness, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong. Do no violence, to the foreigner, the fatherless, nor the widow; neither shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting on David’s throne, 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 desolation.”’”
6For Yahweh says concerning the house of the king of Judah:
“You are Gilead to me,
the head of Lebanon.
Yet surely I will make you a wilderness,
cities which are not inhabited.
7I will prepare destroyers against you,
everyone with his weapons,
and they will cut down your choice cedars,
and cast them into the fire.
8“Many nations will pass by this city, and they will each ask his neighbor, ‘Why has Yahweh done this to this great city?’ 9Then they shall answer, ‘Because they abandoned the covenant of Yahweh their God, and worshiped other gods, and served them.’”
10Don’t weep for the dead,
neither bemoan him;
but weep bitterly for him who goes away;
for he shall return no more,
nor see his native country.
11For Yahweh says touching Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went 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.”
13“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness,
and his rooms 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 rooms,’
and cuts out windows for himself;
and it is ceiling with cedar,
and painted with vermilion.
15“Shall 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 him.
16He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
then it was well.
Wasn’t this to know me?”
17But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness,
and for shedding innocent blood,
for oppression, and for doing violence.”
18Therefore Yahweh says 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 out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”
20“Go 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 listen.’
This has been your way 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 you will be ashamed
and confounded for all your wickedness.
23Inhabitant of Lebanon,
who makes your nest in the cedars,
how greatly to be pitied you will be when pangs come on you,
the pain as of a woman in travail!
24“As I live,” says Yahweh, “though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet on my right hand, yet would I pluck you from there; 25and I would 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 with your mother who bore you, into another country, where you were not born; and there you will die. 27But to the land to which their soul longs to return, there shall they not return.”
28Is this man Coniah a despised broken vessel?
Is he a vessel in which no one delights?
Why are they cast out, he and his offspring,#or, seed
and cast into a land which they don’t know?
29O earth, earth, earth,
hear Yahweh’s word!
“Record this man as childless,
a man who will not prosper in his days;
for no more shall a man of his offspring#or, seed prosper,
sitting on David’s throne,
and ruling in Judah.”