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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. 5But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by Myself, saith the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. 6For thus saith the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:

Thou art Gilead unto Me,
The head of Lebanon;
Yet surely I will make thee a wilderness,
Cities which are not inhabited.
7And 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.

8And 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?' 9Then they shall answer: 'Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.'

10Weep 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.

11For thus saith the Lord touching Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went forth out of this place: He shall not return thither any more; 12but in the place whither they have led him captive, there shall he die, and he shall see this land no more.

13Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness,
And his chambers by injustice;
That useth his neighbour's service without wages,
And giveth him not his hire;
14That saith: 'I will build me a wide house
And spacious chambers',
And cutteth him out windows,
And it is ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.
15Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to excel in cedar?
Did not thy father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
16He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
Then it was well.
Is not this to know Me? saith the Lord.
17But thine eyes and thy heart
Are not but for thy covetousness,
And for shedding innocent blood,
And for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

18Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

They shall not lament for him:
'Ah my brother! ' or: 'Ah sister! '
They shall not lament for him:
'Ah lord! ' or: 'Ah his glory! '
19He shall be buried with the burial of an ass,
Drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20Go up to Lebanon, and cry,
And lift up thy voice in Bashan;
And cry from Abarim,
For all thy lovers are destroyed.
21I spoke unto thee in thy prosperity,
But thou saidst: 'I will not hear.'
This hath been thy manner from thy youth,