He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threats.
Jeremiah 22:1 Thus, said Yahweh, Go thou down to the house of king of Judah, and speak thou there, this word, Jeremiah 22:2 and sayHear thou the word of Yahweh, O king of Judah, who sittest upon the throne of David,thou, and thy servants, and thy people, who enter in at these gates, Jeremiah 22:3 Thus, saith Yahweh,Execute ye justice, and righteousness, And deliver the robbed, out of the hand of the oppressor,But, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, do not oppress, neither commit violence, And, the blood of the innocent, do not ye shed, in this place. Jeremiah 22:4 For, if ye, indeed do, this thing, then shall there enter into the gates of this housekings, sitting for David upon his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. Jeremiah 22:5 But, if ye will not hear, these words, By myself, have I sworn, Declareth YahwehThat, a ruin, shall, this house, become. Jeremiah 22:6 For, Thus, saith Yahweh, Concerning the house of the king of Judah,Though thou wast, Gilead, to me, The summit of Lebanon, Yet surely I will make thee, A wilderness, Cities, not habitable; Jeremiah 22:7 And I will hallow against thee Destroyers, Every man with his weapons,And they shall cut down of the choicest of thy cedars, and cast upon the fire. Jeremiah 22:8 Then shall many nations pass by this city,and shall say, every man to his neighbour, For what cause, hath Yahweh done, thus, unto this great city? Jeremiah 22:9 And they shall say, Because they forsook the covenant of Yahweh, their God,And bowed down to other, gods, And served them.
The judgment of Shallum,
Jeremiah 22:10 Do not ye lament for him that is dead, Neither bemoan ye, him, But weep yeweep onfor him that is going away, For he shall not return any more, Nor see the land of his birth. Jeremiah 22:11 For, Thus, saith YahwehTouching Shallum, son of Josiah, king of Judah, That reigneth instead of Josiah, his father, Who hath gone forth out of this place, He shall not return thither any more; Jeremiah 22:12 For, in the place whither they have taken him captive, There, shall he die,And, this land, shall he see no more.
Jeremiah 22:13 Alas! for him who buildeth, His house without righteousness, And his roof-chambers without justice,Of his neighbour, taketh service for nought, And, recompense for his work, giveth him not. Jeremiah 22:14 Who saithI will build me a roomy house, with spacious roof-chambers,So he cutteth him open its windows, And it is covered in with cedar, And he painteth it with vermilion. Jeremiah 22:15 Shalt thou reign, because, thou, art eager to excel in cedar? Thy father, did he not eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness, And, then, it was well with him? Jeremiah 22:16 [Did he not] plead the cause of the oppressed and the needy, And, then, it was well? Was not, that, to know, me? Demandeth Yahweh. Jeremiah 22:17 Verily thou hast neither eyes, nor heart, save for thy plundering and for thy shedding of, innocent blood, and for oppression and for crushing, to do, them! Jeremiah 22:18 ThereforeThus, saith Yahweh, Touching Jehoiakim son of Josiah, King of Judah, They shall not cry in lament for him, Alas, my brother! or Alas, sister! They shall not cry in lament for him, Alas, lord! or Alas! his renown! Jeremiah 22:19 With the burial of an ass, shall he be buried,Dragged along and cast forth, beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
and of Coniah.
Jeremiah 22:20 Ascend the Lebanon, and make outcry, And, in Bashan, put forth thy voice,And make outcry from Abarim, For all thy lovers, are torn in pieces. Jeremiah 22:21 I spake unto thee, in thy carelessness,Thou saidst, I will not hearken! This, hath been thy way from thy youth, That thou hast not hearkened to my voice. Jeremiah 22:22 All thy shepherds, the wind, shall feed, And, thy lovers, into captivity, shall depart,Surely, then, shalt thou turn pale, and be confounded, by reason of all thy wickedness. Jeremiah 22:23 O inhabitress of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars,How hast thou bemoaned thyself, Now that pangs have overtaken thee, Anguish, as of her that giveth birth. Jeremiah 22:24 As I live, Declareth Yahweh,Even though Coniah son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet-ring upon my right hand, yet, from thence, would I pull thee off; Jeremiah 22:25 and I would give thee into the hand of them who seek thy life, and into the hand of them from the face of whom, thou, dost shrink in fear,even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans; Jeremiah 22:26 and I will hurl thee out, and thy mother who bare thee, upon another land, where ye were not born,and, there, shall ye die. Jeremiah 22:27 But, unto the land whither they shall be lifting up their souls to return, thither, shall they not return. Jeremiah 22:28 An earthen vessel, to be despised, thrown about, is this man Coniah? Or an instrument, in which is no pleasure? Wherefore, are they to be cast out, he, and his seed, and to be thrown forth upon a land which they have not known? Jeremiah 22:29 O land, land, land! Hear thou the word of Yahweh! Jeremiah 22:30 Thus, saith Yahweh,Register ye this man, childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days,For there shall prosper of his seed, No man sitting upon the throne of David, Or ruling any more over Judah.