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1 Thus said the Lord, Go down to the house of the King of Judah, and speak there this thing,

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.

3 Thus saith the Lord, Execute ye judgment and [a]righteousness, and deliver the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, and vex not the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow: do no violence, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

4 For if ye do this thing, then shall the kings sitting upon the throne of David enter in by the gates of this House, and ride upon chariots and upon horses, both he and his servants and his people.

5 But if ye will not hear these words, I [b]swear by myself, saith the Lord, that this House shall be waste.

6 For thus hath the Lord spoken upon the king’s house of Judah, Thou art [c]Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon, yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and as cities not inhabited.

7 And I will [d]prepare destroyers against thee, everyone with his weapons, and they shall cut down thy chief [e]cedar trees, and cast them in the fire.


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