1 Thus, said Yahweh, Go thou down to the house of king of Judah, and speak thou there this word, 2 and say - Hear thou the word of Yahweh O king of Judah who sittest upon the throne of David, - thou, and thy servants and thy people who enter in at these gates, 3 Thus, saith Yahweh, - Execute ye justice, and righteousness, And deliver the robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, - But the sojourner the fatherless, and the widow, do not oppress neither commit violence, And the blood of the innocent, do not ye shed, in this place. 4 For if ye, indeed do, this thing, then shall there enter into the gates of this house - kings, sitting for David upon his throne riding in chariots and on horses, he and his servants, and his people. 5 But if ye will not hear these words, By myself have I sworn Declareth Yahweh - That, a ruin, shall this house become.
6 For Thus, saith Yahweh Concerning the house of the king of Judah, - Though thou wast Gilead, to me, The summit of Lebanon, Yet surely I will make thee, A wilderness, Cities, not habitable; 7 And I will hallow against thee Destroyers Every man with his weapons, - And they shall cut down of the choicest of thy cedars, and cast upon the fire.
8 Then shall many nations pass by this city, - and shall say, every man to his neighbour, For what cause, hath Yahweh done thus, unto this great city? 9 And they shall say, Because they forsook the covenant of Yahweh, their God, - And bowed down to other gods And served them.
10 Do not ye lament for him that is dead Neither bemoan ye, him, But weep ye - weep on - for him that is going away, For he shall not return any more Nor see the land of his birth.
11 For Thus, saith Yahweh - Touching Shallum, son of Josiah king of Judah, That reigneth instead of Josiah his father, Who hath gone forth out of this place, He shall not return thither any more; 12 For in the place whither they have taken him captive, There, shall he die, - And this land, shall he see no more.
13 Alas! for him who buildeth his house without righteousness, And his roof-chambers without justice, - Of his neighbour, taketh service for nought, And recompense for his work, giveth him not. 14 Who saith - I will build me a roomy house, with spacious roof-chambers, - So he cutteth him open its windows, And it is covered in with cedar, And he painteth it with vermilion. 15 Shalt thou reign, because, thou, art eager to excel in cedar? Thy father, did lie not eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness, And, then, it was well with him? 16 Did he not plead the cause of the oppressed and the needy, And, then, it was well? Was not, that, to know, me? Demandeth Yahweh. 17 Verily thou hast neither eyes nor heart, save for thy plundering and for thy shedding of innocent blood, and for oppression and for crushing to do them!
18 Therefore - Thus, saith Yahweh, Touching Jehoiakim son of Josiah King of Judah, They shall not cry in lament for him Alas my brother! or Alas sister! They shall not cry in lament for him Alas lord! or Alas! his renown! 19 With the burial of an ass, shall he be buried, Dragged along and cast forth, beyond the gates of Jerusalem. 20 Ascend the Lebanon and make outcry, And in Bashan, put forth thy voice, - And make outcry from Abarim, For all thy lovers are torn in pieces. 21 I spake unto thee, in thy carelessness, - Thou saidst I will not hearken! This hath been thy way from thy youth, That thou hast not hearkened to my voice. 22 All thy shepherds, the wind shall feed, And, thy lovers into captivity, shall depart, - Surely, then shalt thou turn pale and be confounded, by reason of all thy wickedness. 23 O inhabitress of Lebanon that makest thy nest in the cedars, - How hast thou bemoaned thyself Now that pangs have overtaken thee, Anguish, as of her that giveth birth.
24 As I live, Declareth Yahweh, - Even though Coniah son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet-ring upon my right hand, yet, from thence, would I pull thee off; 25 and I would give thee into the hand of them who seek thy life and into the hand of them from the face of whom, thou dost shrink in fear, - even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans; 26 and I will hurl thee out and thy mother who bare thee, upon another land where ye were not born, - and, there, shall ye die. 27 But unto the land whither they shall be lifting up their souls to return, thither, shall they not return.
28 An earthen vessel to be despised thrown about, is this man Coniah? Or an instrument, in which is no pleasure? Wherefore are they to be cast out, he and his seed, and to be thrown forth upon a land which they have not known? 29 O land, land, land! Hear thou the word of Yahweh!