NASB — Jeremiah 22 — KJV

Warning of Jerusalem’s Fall

1 Thus says the LORD, “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word 2 and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who asits on David’s throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates. 3 Thus says the LORD, “aDo justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of [his] boppressor. Also cdo not mistreat [or] do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not dshed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if you men will indeed perform this thing, then akings will enter the gates of this house, sitting Iin David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, [even the king] himself and his servants and his people. 5 aBut if you will not obey these words, I bswear by Myself,” declares the LORD, “that this house will become a desolation.”’” 6 For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah:
  “You are [like] aGilead to Me,
  [Like] the summit of Lebanon;
  Yet most assuredly I will make you like a bwilderness,
  [Like] cities which are not inhabited.
  7 “For I will set apart adestroyers against you,
  Each with his weapons;
  And they will bcut down your choicest cedars
  And cthrow [them] on the fire.

[2] aIs 9:7; Jr 17:25; 22:4, 30; Lk 1:32
[3] aIs 58:6, 7; Jr 7:5, 23; 21:12; Mi 6:8; Zc 7:9; 8:16; Mt 23:23 bPs 72:4 cEx 22:21-24 dJr 7:6; 19:4; 22:17
[4] ILit for David aJr 17:25
[5] aJr 17:27; 26:4 bGn 22:16; Am 6:8; He 6:13
[6] aGn 37:25; Nu 32:1; So 4:1 bPs 107:34; Is 6:11; Jr 7:34; Mi 3:12
[7] aIs 10:3-6; Jr 4:6, 7 bIs 10:33, 34; 37:24 cJr 21:14

8 ¶ “Many nations will pass by this city; and they will asay to one another, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this great city?’ 9 Then they will Ianswer, ‘Because they aforsook the covenant of the LORD their God and bowed down to other gods and served them.’”

[8] aDt 29:24-26; 1K 9:8, 9; 2Ch 7:20-22; Jr 16:10
[9] ILit say a2K 22:17; 2Ch 34:25; Jr 11:3

  10aDo not weep for the dead or mourn for him,
  [But] weep continually for the one who goes away;
  For bhe will never return
  Or see his native land.

[10] aEc 4:2; Is 57:1; Jr 16:7; 22:18 bJr 25:27; 44:14

11 ¶ For thus says the LORD in regard to IaShallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who became king in the place of Josiah his father, who went forth from this place, “He will never return there; 12 but in the place where they led him captive, there he will adie and not see this land again.

[11] II.e. Jehoahaz a2K 23:30-34; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:1-4
[12] a2K 23:34; Jr 22:18

Messages about the Kings

  13 ¶ “Woe to him who builds his house awithout righteousness
  And his Iupper rooms without justice,
  Who uses his neighbor’s services without pay
  And bdoes not give him his wages,
  14 Who says, ‘I will abuild myself a roomy house
  With spacious Iupper rooms,
  And cut out its windows,
  IIPaneling [it] with bcedar and painting [it] IIIbright red.’
  15 “Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar?
  Did not your father eat and drink
  And ado justice and righteousness?
  Then it was bwell with him.
  16 “He pled the cause of the aafflicted and needy;
  Then it was well.
  bIs not that what it means to know Me?”
  Declares the LORD.
  17 “But your eyes and your heart
  Are [intent] only upon your own adishonest gain,
  And on bshedding innocent blood
  And on practicing oppression and extortion.”

[13] IOr roof chambers aJr 17:11; Mi 3:10; Hab 2:9 bLv 19:13; Jm 5:4
[14] IOr roof chambers IIOr Paneled IIIOr vermilion aIs 5:8 b2S 7:2; Hg 1:4
[15] a2K 23:25; Jr 7:5; 21:12 bPs 128:2; Is 3:10; Jr 42:6
[16] aPs 72:1-4, 12, 13 b1Ch 28:9; Jr 9:24
[17] aJr 6:13; 8:10; Lk 12:15-20 b2K 24:4; Jr 22:3

18 ¶ Therefore thus says the LORD in regard to aJehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah,
  “They will not blament for him:
  ‘cAlas, my brother!’ or, ‘Alas, sister!’
  They will not lament for him:
  ‘Alas for the master!’ or, ‘Alas for his splendor!’
  19 “He will be aburied with a donkey’s burial,
  Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
  20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
  And lift up your voice in Bashan;
  Cry out also from aAbarim,
  For all your blovers have been crushed.
  21 “I spoke to you in your prosperity;
  But ayou said, ‘I will not listen!’
  bThis has been your practice cfrom your youth,
  That you have not obeyed My voice.
  22 “The wind will sweep away all your ashepherds,
  And your blovers will go into captivity;
  Then you will surely be cashamed and humiliated
  Because of all your wickedness.
  23 “You who dwell in Lebanon,
  Nested in the cedars,
  How you will groan when pangs come upon you,
  aPain like a woman in childbirth!

[18] a2K 23:36-24:6; 2Ch 36:5 bJr 22:10; 34:5 c1K 13:30
[19] a1K 21:23, 24; Jr 36:30
[20] aNu 27:12; Dt 32:49 bJr 2:25; 3:1
[21] aJr 13:10; 19:15 bJr 3:25 cJr 3:24; 32:30
[22] aJr 23:1 bJr 30:14 cIs 65:13; Jr 20:11
[23] aJr 4:31; 6:24

24 ¶ “As I live,” declares the LORD, “even though IaConiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a bsignet [ring] on My right hand, yet I would pull Iyou IIoff; 25 and I will agive you over into the hand of those who are seeking your life, yes, into the hand of those whom you dread, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 I will ahurl you and your bmother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you will die. 27 But as for the land to which they desire to return, they will not return to it.
  28 “Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered jar?
  Or is he an aundesirable vessel?
  Why have he and his descendants been bhurled out
  And cast into a cland that they had not known?
  29aO land, land, land,
  Hear the word of the LORD!
30 “Thus says the LORD,
  ‘Write this man down achildless,
  A man who will bnot prosper in his days;
  For no man of his cdescendants will prosper
  Sitting on the throne of David
  Or ruling again in Judah.’”

[24] II.e. Jehoiachin IILit off from there a2K 24:6; 1Ch 3:16; 2Ch 36:9; Jr 37:1 bSo 8:6; Is 49:16; Hg 2:23
[25] a2K 24:15, 16; Jr 21:7; 34:20, 21
[26] a2K 24:15; Jr 10:18; 16:13 b2K 24:8
[28] aPs 31:12; Jr 48:38; Ho 8:8 bJr 15:1 cJr 17:4
[29] aDt 4:26; Jr 6:19; Mi 1:2
[30] a1Ch 3:17; Mt 1:12 bJr 2:37; 10:21 cPs 94:20; Jr 36:30


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He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threats.

1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2 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: 3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. 6 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. 7 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast [them] into the fire. 8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this great city? 9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.

[1] 1S 15:16; 2S 12:1; 24:11; 1K 21:18; 2Ch 19:2; 25:15; 33:10; Jr 21:11; 34:2; Ho 5:1; Am 7:13; Mk 6:18; Lk 3:19.
[2] 1K 22:19; Is 1:10; 9:7; 28:14; Jr 7:2; 13:18; 17:20, 25; 19:3; 22:4, 29, 30; 29:16, 20; 36:30; Ezk 34:7; Am 7:16; Lk 1:32.
[3] Ex 23:6; Lv 19:15; Dt 10:18; 16:18; 19:10; 24:7; 25:1; 27:19; 2S 23:3; 2K 24:4; Jb 22:9; 24:9; 29:7, 12; Ps 68:5; 72:2; 94:6, 21; Pv 6:17; 23:10; Is 1:15, 23; Jr 5:28; 7:6; 9:24; 21:12; 22:17; 26:16; Ezk 22:7; Jol 3:19; Mi 3:11; Zc 7:9; Mal 3:5; Jm 1:27.
[4] Jr 17:25.
[5] Gn 22:16; Nu 14:28; Dt 32:40; 2Ch 7:19, 22; Ps 95:11; Is 1:20; Jr 7:13; 17:27; 26:6; 39:8; Am 6:8; 8:7; Mi 3:12; He 3:18; 6:13, 17.
[6] Gn 37:25; Dt 3:25; Ps 107:34; So 5:15; Is 6:11; 24:1; 27:10; Jr 4:20; 7:34; 9:11; 19:7; 21:11, 14; 22:24; 25:9; 26:6, 18; Ezk 33:27.
[7] Is 10:3, 33; 13:3; 27:10; 37:24; 54:16; Jr 4:6; 5:15; 21:14; 50:20; Ezk 9:1; Zc 11:1; Mt 22:7.
[8] Dt 29:23; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:20; Lm 2:15; 4:12; Dn 9:7.
[9] Dt 29:25; 2K 22:17; 2Ch 34:25; Jr 2:17; 40:2; 50:7.

The judgment of Shallum,

10 ¶ 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. 11 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum 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: 12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.

[10] 2K 22:20; 23:30; 2Ch 35:23; Ec 4:2; Is 57:1; Jr 22:11; Lm 4:9; Ezk 19:3; Lk 23:28.
[11] 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 28:12; 34:22; 36:1.
[12] 2K 23:34; Jr 22:18.

of Jehoiakim,

13 ¶ Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; [that] useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work; 14 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. 15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest [thyself] in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, [and] then [it was] well with him? 16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then [it was] well [with him: was] not this to know me? saith the LORD. 17 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]. 18 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! 19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

[13] Lv 19:13; Dt 24:14; 2K 23:35; 2Ch 36:4; Jb 24:10; Jr 22:18; Mi 3:10; Hab 2:9; Mal 3:5; Jm 5:4.
[14] 2S 7:2; 2Ch 3:5; Pv 17:19; 24:27; So 1:17; Is 5:8; 9:9; Dn 4:30; Hg 1:4; Mal 1:4; Lk 14:28.
[15] Dt 4:40; 2S 8:15; 1K 4:20; 10:9; 2K 22:2; 23:25; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 34:2; 35:7, 12; Ps 128:1; Pv 20:28; 21:3; 25:5; 29:4; 31:9; Ec 2:24; 9:7; 10:17; Is 3:10; 9:7; 33:16; Jr 21:12; 22:3, 18; 23:5; 42:6; Lk 11:41; Ac 2:46; 1Co 10:31.
[16] 1S 2:2; 1Ch 28:9; Jb 29:12; Ps 9:10; 72:1, 12; 82:3; 109:31; Pv 24:11; Is 1:17; Jr 5:28; 9:3, 16, 24; 31:33; Jn 8:19, 54; 16:3; 17:3, 6; Tit 1:16; 1Jn 2:3.
[17] Ex 18:21; Jsh 7:21; 1K 21:19; 2K 24:4; 2Ch 36:8; Jb 31:7; Ps 10:3; 119:36; Jr 22:3; 26:22; Ezk 19:6; 33:31; Zp 3:3; Mk 7:21; Lk 12:15; 16:13; Ro 1:29; 1Co 6:10; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 1Ti 6:9; Jm 1:14; 2P 2:3, 14; 1Jn 2:15.
[18] 2S 1:26; 3:33; 1K 13:30; 2Ch 21:19; 35:25; Jr 16:4, 6; 22:10.
[19] 1K 14:10; 21:23; 2K 9:35; 2Ch 36:6; Jr 15:3; 36:6, 30.

and of Coniah.

20 ¶ Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed. 21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; [but] thou saidst, I will not hear. This [hath been] thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice. 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness. 23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail! 24 [As] I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence; 25 And I will give 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. 26 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. 27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return. 28 [Is] this man Coniah a despised broken idol? [is he] a vessel wherein [is] no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write 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.

[20] 2K 24:7; Is 20:5; 30:1; 31:1; Jr 2:36; 4:30; 22:22; 25:9, 17; 30:13; Lm 1:2, 19; Ezk 23:9, 22.
[21] Dt 9:7, 24; 31:27; 32:15; Jg 2:11; 2Ch 33:10; 36:16; Ne 9:16; Ps 106:6; Pv 30:9; Is 48:8; Jr 2:31; 3:25; 6:16; 7:22; 32:30; 35:15; 36:21; Ezk 20:8, 13, 21, 28; 23:3.
[22] Is 64:6; Jr 2:8, 26, 37; 4:11; 5:30; 10:21; 12:10; 20:11; 22:20; 23:1; 30:23; Ezk 34:2; Ho 4:19; 13:15; Zc 11:8, 17; Ac 7:51.
[23] Nu 24:21; Jr 3:21; 4:30, 31; 6:24; 21:13; 22:6; 30:5; 48:28; 49:16; 50:4; Ho 5:15; 6:1; 7:14; Am 9:2; Ob 1:4; Hab 2:9; Zc 11:1.
[24] 2K 24:6; 1Ch 3:16; So 8:6; Jr 22:6, 28; 37:1; Hg 2:23; Mt 1:11.
[25] 2K 24:15; Pv 10:24; Jr 21:7; 22:28; 34:20; 38:16.
[26] 2K 24:15; 2Ch 36:9; Is 22:17; Jr 15:2; Ezk 19:9.
[27] 2K 25:27; Ps 86:4; Jr 22:11; 44:14; 52:31.
[28] 1S 5:3; 2S 5:21; 1Ch 3:17; Ps 31:12; Jr 14:18; 22:24, 30; 48:38; Ho 8:8; 13:15; Mt 1:12; Ro 9:21; 2Ti 2:20.
[29] Dt 4:26; 31:19; 32:1; Is 1:1; 34:1; Jr 6:19; Mi 1:2; 6:1.
[30] 1Ch 3:16; Ps 94:20; Jr 36:30; Mt 1:11, 12; Lk 1:32.


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