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Jeremiah 22
The Message

Walking Out on the Covenant of God

22GOD's orders: "Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message.H559H3068H3381H1004H4428H3063H1696H1697 2Say, 'Listen to what GOD says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David's throne—you and your officials and all the people who go in and out of these palace gates.H559H8085H1697H3068H4428H3063H3427H3678H1732H5650H5971H935H8179 3This is GOD's Message: Attend to matters of justice. Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don't take advantage of the homeless, the orphans, the widows. Stop the murdering!H559H3068H6213H4941H6666H5337H1497H3027H6216H3238H2554H1616H3490H490H8210H5355H1818H4725 4"'If you obey these commands, then kings who follow in the line of David will continue to go in and out of these palace gates mounted on horses and riding in chariots—they and their officials and the citizens of Judah.H6213H1697H6213H935H8179H1004H4428H3427H3678H1732H7392H7393H5483H5650H5971 5But if you don't obey these commands, then I swear—GOD's Decree!—this palace will end up a heap of rubble.'"H8085H1697H7650H5002H3068H1004H2723 6This is GOD's verdict on Judah's royal palace: "I number you among my favorite places— like the lovely hills of Gilead, like the soaring peaks of Lebanon. Yet I swear I'll turn you into a wasteland, as empty as a ghost town.H559H3068H4428H1004H3063H1568H7218H3844H7896H4057H5892H3427H3427 7I'll hire a demolition crew, well-equipped with sledgehammers and wrecking bars, Pound the country to a pulp and burn it all up.H6942H7843H376H3627H3772H4005H730H5307H784 8"Travelers from all over will come through here and say to one another, 'Why would GOD do such a thing to this wonderful city?'H7227H1471H5674H5892H559H376H7453H3068H6213H1419H5892 9They'll be told, 'Because they walked out on the covenant of their GOD, took up with other gods and worshiped them.'"H559H5800H1285H3068H430H7812H312H430H5647

Building a Fine House but Destroying Lives

10Don't weep over dead King Josiah. Don't waste your tears. Weep for his exiled son: He's gone for good. He'll never see home again.H1058H4191H5110H1058H1058H1980H7725H7200H4138H776 11For this is GOD's Word on Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah: "He's gone from here, gone for good.H559H3068H413H7967H1121H2977H4428H3063H4427H2977H1H3318H4725H7725 12He'll die in the place they've taken him to. He'll never see home again."H4191H4725H1540H7200H776 13"Doom to him who builds palaces but bullies people, who makes a fine house but destroys lives, Who cheats his workers and won't pay them for their work,H1945H1129H1004H3808H6664H5944H4941H7453H5647H2600H5414H6467 14Who says, 'I'll build me an elaborate mansion with spacious rooms and fancy windows. I'll bring in rare and expensive woods and the latest in interior decor.'H559H1129H4060H1004H7304H5944H7167H2474H5603H730H4886H8350 15So, that makes you a king— living in a fancy palace? Your father got along just fine, didn't he? He did what was right and treated people fairly, And things went well with him.H4427H8474H730H1H398H8354H6213H4941H6666H2896 16He stuck up for the down-and-out, And things went well for Judah. Isn't this what it means to know me?" GOD's Decree!H1777H1779H6041H34H2896H1847H5002H3068 17"But you're blind and brainless. All you think about is yourself, Taking advantage of the weak, bulldozing your way, bullying victims."H5869H3820H1215H8210H5355H1818H6233H4835H6213 18This is God's epitaph on Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "Doom to this man! Nobody will shed tears over him, 'Poor, poor brother!' Nobody will shed tears over him, 'Poor, poor master!'H559H3068H3079H1121H2977H4428H3063H5594H1945H251H1945H269H5594H1945H113H1945H1935 19They'll give him a donkey's funeral, drag him out of the city and dump him.H6912H6900H2543H5498H7993H1973H8179H3389

You’ve Made a Total Mess of Your Life

20"People of Jerusalem, climb a Lebanon peak and weep, climb a Bashan mountain and wail, Climb the Abarim ridge and cry— you've made a total mess of your life.H5927H3844H6817H5414H6963H1316H6817H5676H157H7665 21I spoke to you when everything was going your way. You said, 'I'm not interested.' You've been that way as long as I've known you, never listened to a thing I said.H1696H7962H559H8085H1870H5271H8085H6963 22All your leaders will be blown away, all your friends end up in exile, And you'll find yourself in the gutter, disgraced by your evil life.H7307H7462H7462H157H3212H7628H954H3637H7451 23You big-city people thought you were so important, thought you were 'king of the mountain'! You're soon going to be doubled up in pain, pain worse than the pangs of childbirth.H3427H3844H7077H730H2603H2256H935H2427H3205 24"As sure as I am the living God"—GOD's Decree—"even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, I'd pull you offH2416H5002H3068H3659H1121H3079H4428H3063H2368H3225H3027H5423 25and give you to those who are out to kill you, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Chaldeans,H5414H3027H1245H5315H3027H6440H3016H3027H5019H4428H894H3027H3778 26and then throw you, both you and your mother, into a foreign country, far from your place of birth. There you'll both die.H2904H517H3205H312H776H3205H4191 27"You'll be homesick, desperately homesick, but you'll never get home again."H776H5375H5315H7725H7725 28Is Jehoiachin a leaky bucket, a rusted-out pail good for nothing? Why else would he be thrown away, he and his children, thrown away to a foreign place?H376H3659H959H5310H6089H3627H2656H7993H2233H2904H776H3045 29O land, land, land, listen to GOD's Message!H776H776H776H8085H1697H3068 30This is GOD's verdict: "Write this man off as if he were childless, a man who will never amount to anything. Nothing will ever come of his life. He's the end of the line, the last of the kings.H559H3068H3789H376H6185H1397H6743H3117H376H2233H6743H3427H3678H1732H4910H3063


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