THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
David’s throne stands or falls on the degree of obedience of the kings—The judgments of the Lord rest upon the kings of Judah.
Thus saith the Lord; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,
And say, Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:
Thus saith the Lord
; Execute ye ajudgment
and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the bstranger
, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent cblood
in this place.
For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house akings
sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.
But if ye will not hear these words, I aswear
by myself, saith the Lord
, that this house shall become a bdesolation
For thus saith the Lord unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice acedars
, and cast them
into the fire.
And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the Lord adone
thus unto this great city?
Then they shall answer, Because they have aforsaken
the covenant of the Lord
their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
¶ Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.
For thus saith the Lord
the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:
But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.
unto him that buildeth his house by bunrighteousness
, and his chambers by wrong; that
useth his neighbour’s service without cwages
, and giveth him not for his work;
That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.
Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself
in cedar? did not thy afather
eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and
then it was
well with him?
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord.
But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
Therefore thus saith the Lord 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!
He shall be aburied
with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
¶ Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but
thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been
thy manner from thy youth, that thou aobeyedst
not my voice.
The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy alovers
shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.
O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how agracious
shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!
I live, saith the Lord
, though aConiah
the son of bJehoiakim
king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;
And I will agive
thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them
whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.
But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return.
this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he
no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
O earth, earth, earth, hear the aword
of the Lord
Thus saith the Lord
ye this man childless, a man that
shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.