Jeremiah 22:15
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New International Version
"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.

New Living Translation
But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king! Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink. But he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him.

English Standard Version
Do you think you are a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.

New American Standard Bible
"Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.

King James Bible
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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Didn't your father eat and drink and administer justice and righteousness? Then it went well with him.

International Standard Version
Are you a king because you try to outdo everyone with cedar? Your father ate and drank and upheld justice and righteousness, did he not? And then it went well for him.

NET Bible
Does it make you any more of a king that you outstrip everyone else in building with cedar? Just think about your father. He was content that he had food and drink. He did what was just and right. So things went well with him.

New Heart English Bible
Shall you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do you think you're a better king than others because you use more cedar? Your father ate and drank and did what is fair and right. Everything went well for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to excel in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.

New American Standard 1977
“Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar?
            Did not your father eat and drink,
            And do justice and righteousness?
            Then it was well with him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shalt thou reign, because thou dost enclose thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink and do judgment and righteousness, and then it was well with him?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall you reign, because you enclose yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness, and then it was well with him?

American King James Version
Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

American Standard Version
Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to excel in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? then it was well with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shalt thou reign, because thou comparest thyself to the cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and it was then well with him?

Darby Bible Translation
Shalt thou reign, because thou viest with the cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice? Then it was well with him.

English Revised Version
Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to excel in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice? then it was well with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English Bible
Shall you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar? Didn't your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? then it was well with him.

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou reign, because thou art fretting thyself in cedar? Thy father -- did he not eat and drink? Yea, he did judgment and righteousness, Then it is well with him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
22:10-19 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.
Study Bible
A Warning about Jehoiakim
14Who says, 'I will build myself a roomy house With spacious upper rooms, And cut out its windows, Paneling it with cedar and painting it bright red.' 15"Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. 16"He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?" Declares the LORD.…
Cross References
2 Kings 23:25
Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.

Psalm 128:2
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you.

Isaiah 3:10
Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.

Jeremiah 7:5
"For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor,

Jeremiah 21:12
O house of David, thus says the LORD: "Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.

Jeremiah 42:6
"Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God."
Treasury of Scripture

Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

thy.

Jeremiah 22:18 Therefore thus said the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah …

2 Kings 23:25 And like to him was there no king before him, that turned to the …

1 Chronicles 3:15 And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, …

eat.

1 Kings 4:20-23 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, …

2 Chronicles 35:7,8,12-18 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all …

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, …

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a …

Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and …

Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions …

Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all …

Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking …

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to …

and do.

Jeremiah 22:3 Thus said the LORD; Execute you judgment and righteousness, and deliver …

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, …

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

1 Kings 10:9 Blessed be the LORD your God, which delighted in you, to set you …

2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

2 Kings 23:25 And like to him was there no king before him, that turned to the …

2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be …

Proverbs 29:4 The king by judgment establishes the land: but he that receives gifts …

Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

then.

Jeremiah 42:6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice …

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which …

Psalm 128:1,2 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways…

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

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