Jeremiah 22:1-9 - Judgment Against Sinful Kings

1 Thus said LORD: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2 and say, Hear the word of LORD, O king of Judah, who sits upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people who enter in by these gates. 3 Thus says LORD: Execute ye justice and righteousness. And deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor. And do no wrong. Do no violence to the sojourner, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in t 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then there shall 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. 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, says LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

6 For thus says LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah: Thou are Gilead to me, [and] the head of Lebanon, [yet] surely I will make thee a wilderness, cities which are not inhabited. 7 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, each one with his weapons, and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say each man to his neighbor, Why has LORD done thus to this great city? 9 Then they shall answer, Because they forsook the covenant of LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.