He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threats.
Jeremiah 22:1 Thus sayde the Lorde also: Goo downe in to þe house of the kyng of Iuda, and speake there these wordes, Jeremiah 22:2 & saye: Heare the worde of the Lorde, thou kyng of Iuda that syttest in the kyngly seate of Dauid: thou and thy seruauntes and thy people, that go in and out at this gate. Jeremiah 22:3 Thus the Lorde commaundeth: kepe equyte and ryghtuousnesse, delyuer the oppressed from the power of the violent: do not greue ner opppresse the straunger, the fatherlesse ner the wyddowe, and shede no innocent bloude in this place. Jeremiah 22:4 And yf ye kepe these thinges faythfully, then shall there come in at the dore of thys house kynges, to syt vpon Dauids seate: they shall be caryed in Charettes and ryde vpon horses, both they & their seruauntes, & their people: Jeremiah 22:5 But yf ye wyll not be obedient vnto these commaundementes, I sweare by myne owne selfe (sayeth the Lorde) this house shall be waste. Jeremiah 22:6 For thus hath the Lord spoken vpon the kynges house of Iuda: Thou art the head as Galaad is in Libanus. What wylt thou saye of it, yf I make the not so waste (& thy cyties also) that no man shall dwell therin? Jeremiah 22:7 I will prepare a destroyer with his weapens for þe, to hew downe thy specyall Cedre trees and to cast them in the fyre. Jeremiah 22:8 And all the people that go by this cytie, shall speake one to another: Wherfore hath the Lorde done thus vnto thys noble cytye? Jeremiah 22:9 Then shall it be answered: because they haue broken the couenaunt of the Lorde their God, & haue worshipped & serued straunge goddes.
The judgment of Shallum,
Jeremiah 22:10 Mourne not ouer the deed, & be not wo for them, but be sory for hym that departeth awaye: for he commeth not agayne, and seeth his natyue countre no more. Jeremiah 22:11 For thus sayeth the Lorde, as touchynge Selum the sonne of Iosiah kynge of Iuda, whiche raygned after his father, and is caryed oute of this place: He shall neuer come hether agayne, Jeremiah 22:12 for he shall dye in the place, whervnto he is led captiue, and shall se this lande nomore.
Jeremiah 22:13 Wo worth him, that buyldeth hys house with vnrightuousnes, and hys parlers with the good that he hath gotten by violence: which neuer recompenseth hys neyghbours laboure, ner payeth hym his hyre. Jeremiah 22:14 He thyncketh in hym selfe: I wyll buylde me a wyde house, and gorgeous parlers: He causet windowes to be hewen therin, and the sylynges and geastes maketh he of Cedre, & paynteth them with Zenober. Jeremiah 22:15 Thinckest thou to raigne, now that thou prouokest me to wrath wyth the Cedre trees? Dyd not thy father eate and drincke, and prospere well, as longe as he dealt wt equite and ryghtuousnesse? Jeremiah 22:16 Yee when he helped the oppressed and poore to their ryght then prospered he well. From whence came this, but onlye because he had me before hys eyes, sayth the Lorde. Jeremiah 22:17 Neuertheles, as for thyne eyes & thine herte, they loke vpon couetousnesse, to shede innocent bloude, to do wronge and violence. Jeremiah 22:18 And therfore, thus sayeth the Lorde agaynst Iehoakim, the sonne of Iosiah kynge of Iuda: They shall not mourne for hym (as they vse to do) alas brother, alas syster: Nether shall they saye vnto hym: Alas syre, alas for that noble prynce. Jeremiah 22:19 But as an Asse shall he be buried, corrupte and be cast without the gates of Ierusalem.
and of Coniah.
Jeremiah 22:20 Clymme vp the hyll of Libanus (O thou daughter Sion) lyft vp thy voyce vpon Basan, crye from all partes: for all thy louers are destroyed. Jeremiah 22:21 I gaue the warnynge, whyle thou wast yet in prosperyte. But thou saydest: I wyll not heare. And thys maner haste thou vsed from thy youth, that thou woldest neuer heare my voyce. Jeremiah 22:22 All thy herdmen shalbe dryuen wyth the wynde, and thy derlynges shalbe caryed awaye in to captyuite: Then shalt thou be brought to shame & confusyon, because of all thy wickednes: Jeremiah 22:23 þt thou dwellest vpon Libanus, & makest thy neste in the Cedre trees. O how greate shall thy mourning be, when thy sorowes come vpon the, as a woman trauelynge with chylde? Jeremiah 22:24 As truelye as I lyue (sayeth the Lorde) Though Conaniah þe sonne of Iehoakim kynge of Iuda were the sygnet of my ryght hande, yet wyll I plucke hym of: Jeremiah 22:25 And I wyl geue the in to the power of them that seke to slaye the, and in to the power of the in that thou fearest: in to the power of Nabuchodonosor the Kynge of Babylon, and in to the power of the Caldees. Jeremiah 22:26 Moreouer, I wyll sende the, and thy mother that bare the, into a straunge lande, where ye were not borne, and there shall ye dye. Jeremiah 22:27 But as for the lande that ye will desyre to returne vnto ye shall neuer come at it agayne. Jeremiah 22:28 This man Conaniah shall be lyke an ymage robbed and torne in peces, which pleaseth no man, for all hys apparell. Wherfore both he & hys sede shal be sent awaye, and cast out in to a lande, that they knowe not. Jeremiah 22:29 O thou earth, earth, earth: heare þe worde of the Lorde: Jeremiah 22:30 Wryte this man amonge the outlawes, for no prosperite shall this man haue all hys lyfe longe. Nether shall eny of his sede be so happie, as to syt vpon the seate of Dauid, and to beare rule in Iuda.