A message about King Jehoiakim
so that he can build a beautiful
He does not do what is right and fair.
He does not pay the people who work for him.
His own men have to work for nothing.
It will have large rooms upstairs.”
He puts windows in its walls.
He covers the walls with cedar wood.
He uses red paint to make it beautiful.
because you use more cedar wood to build your palace?
Think about how your father lived.
He did what was right and fair.
He had enough to eat and to drink.
So he was happy with a good life.
for people who were poor and
So people were happy.
That is how people who know me should live.’
That is what the Lord says.
so that you can get more
You make plans to kill people who have not done anything wrong.
You hurt people in cruel ways.’
‘People will not weep when he dies.
They will not say, “I am very sad, my brother.
I am very sad, my sister.”
They will not weep and say,
Our great king has died!”
They will pull his dead body to the city's gate.
They will throw it on the ground outside Jerusalem.’
Shout loudly in Bashan.
Cry aloud from the mountains of Moab.
have lost their power.
But you said, “I refuse to listen to you.”
You have been like that since you were young.
You have never obeyed me.
as if a strong wind had blown them away.
Enemies will take your friends away as
Then you will feel very ashamed,
because of all the
that are made from Lebanon's
But when I punish you, you will cry out with pain.
You will feel pain like a woman who is having a baby.’