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22:1 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 22:2 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: 22:3 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.
22:4 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.
22:5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
22:6 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.
22:7 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.
22:8 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? 22:9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
22:10 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.
22:11 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: 22:12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.
22:13 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; 22:14 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.
22:15 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? 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
22:17 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.
22:18 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! 22:19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
22:20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
22:21 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.
22:22 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.
22:23 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! 22:24 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; 22:25 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.
22:26 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.
22:27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return.
22:28 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? 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
22:30 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.


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Everything King James Bible:Jeremiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Jeremiah
Book: Jeremiah
Chapter: 22

Overview:
Justice is recommended, and Destruction threatened in case of
disobedience. (1-9) The Captivity of Jehoiakim, and the End of
Jeconiah. (10-19) The doom of the royal family. (20-30)

1-9 The King of Judah is spoken to, as Sitting upon the Throne
of David, the Man after God's own Heart. Let him follow his
Example, that he may have the benefit of the promises made to
him. The way to preserve a government, is to do the duty of it.
But Sin will be the ruin of the houses of princes, as Well as of
meaner men. And who can contend with destroyers of God's
preparing? God destroys neither persons, cities, nor nations,
except for Sin; even in this world he often makes it Plain for
what crimes he sends Punishment; and it will be clear at the Day
of judgement.

10-19 Here is a sentence of Death upon two Kings, the wicked
sons of a very pious Father. Josiah was prevented from seeing
the evil to come in this world, and removed to see the good to
come in the other world; therefore, weep not for him, but for
his son Shallum, who is likely to live and die a wretched
Captive. Dying saints may be justly envied, while living sinners
are justly pitied. Here also is the doom of Jehoiakim. No doubt
it is lawful for princes and great men to build, beautify, and
furnish houses; but those who enlarge their houses, and make
them sumptuous, need carefully to watch against the workings of
vain-Glory. He built his houses By unrighteousness, with Money
gotten unjustly. And he defrauded his workmen of their Wages.
God notices the wrong done By the greatest to Poor servants and
labourers, and will repay those in Justice, who will not, in
Justice, pay those whom they employ. The greatest of men must
look upon the meanest as their neighbours, and be just to them
accordingly. Jehoiakim was unjust, and made No Conscience of
shedding innocent Blood. Covetousness, which is the root of all
evil, was at the bottom of all. The children who despise their
parents' old fashions, commonly come short of their real
excellences. Jehoiakim knew that his Father found the way of
duty to be the way of comfort, yet he would not tread in his
steps. He shall die unlamented, hateful for oppression and
cruelty.

20-30 The Jewish state is described under a threefold
character. Very haughty in a Day of peace and safety. Very
fearful On Alarm of trouble. Very much cast down under pressure
of trouble. Many never are ashamed of their sins till brought By
them to the last extremity. The King shall close his days in
Bondage. Those that think themselves as signets On God's right
Hand, must not be secure, but fear lest they should be plucked
thence. The Jewish King and his family shall be carried to
Babylon. We know where we were born, but where we shall die we
know not; it is enough that our God knows. Let it be our care
that we die in Christ, then it will be Well with us wherever we
die, though it may be in a far country. The Jewish King shall
be despised. Time was when he was delighted in; but all those in
whom God has No pleasure, some time or other, will be So
lowered, that men will have No pleasure in them. Whoever are
childless, it is the Lord that writes them So; and those who
take No care to do good in their days, cannot expect to prosper.
How little is earthly grandeur to be depended upon, or
flourishing families to be rejoiced in! But those who hear the
voice of Christ, and follow him, have eternal Life, and shall
never perish, neither shall any enemy pluck them out of his
almighty hands.

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