Do no violence to the stranger
Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak
there this word,
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
God said to Jeremiah,
Go to the house of the king of Judah and say to him,
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.
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.
This is what God says,
Defend the helpless and oppressed;
don't mistreat strangers , orphans, or widows;
and don't kill innocent people.
But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by
myself, saith the LORD,that this house shall become a desolation.
If you don't do these things, I swear by myself , that your house will be destroyed.
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.
I'll make your cities uninhabited.
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.
I'll send destroyers that will burn your cedars.
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?
Neighboring countries will pass by the city and say, "Why did God do this to this city?"
Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the
LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
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.
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:
But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall
see this land no more.
They'll answer them saying, "Because they worshiped other gods and served them."
Woe unto him 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;
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.
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
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was
not this to know me? saith the LORD.
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.
Woe to those who don't pay fair wages to workers. 
Jehoiakim will be buried like a donkey
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!
He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of
Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from
the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
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.
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
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!
Jehoiakim will be buried like a donkey outside the gates of Jerusalem. 
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;
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.
I'll give Coniah  the son of Jehoiakim into the hands of those who are trying to kill him.
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.
But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not
I'll cast him and his mother out into another country, and there he will die. 
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
O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
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.
Coniah (Jehoiachin) will die childless. 
- Do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent
blood in this place. (v.3)
How should strangers be treated?
- Woe unto him ... that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work.
Pay a fair wage to your employees. Does this mean we can't own slaves?
Is slavery OK?
- Jehoiakim ...shall be buried ... beyond the gates of Jerusalem. (vv.18-19)
Where did Jehoiakim die?
- Coniah (v.24, 28)
It's hard to keep all the Bible characters straight. Coniah is also called Jehoiachin and Jeconiah.
See the Wikipedia article.
- I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee ... and there shall ye die. (27)
God will have Jeconiah's enemies kill him and his mother and then
ensure that he die without leaving any sons, which seems a bit strange
since Jeconiah is listed as an ancestor of Jesus in Matthew 1:12.
- Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man (Coniah aka Jehoiachin, Jeconiah} childless (v.30)
Did Jeconiah have any sons?