Jeremiah 22:17
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New International Version
"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."

New Living Translation
"But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty! You murder the innocent, oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly."

English Standard Version
But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.”

New American Standard Bible
"But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you have eyes and a heart for nothing except your own dishonest profit, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.

International Standard Version
But your eyes and heart are on nothing but your dishonest gain, shedding the blood of innocent people, and practicing oppression and extortion."

NET Bible
But you are always thinking and looking for ways to increase your wealth by dishonest means. Your eyes and your heart are set on killing some innocent person and committing fraud and oppression.

New Heart English Bible
"But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But your eyes and your mind are set on nothing but dishonest profits. You kill innocent people and violently oppress your people."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But thine eyes and thy heart Are not but for thy covetousness, And for shedding innocent blood, And for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

New American Standard 1977
“But your eyes and your heart
            Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain,
            And on shedding innocent blood
            And on practicing oppression and extortion.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
But your eyes and your heart are for nothing but for your covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

American King James Version
But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

American Standard Version
But thine eyes and thy heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thy eyes and thy heart are set upon covetousness, and upon shedding innocent blood, and upon oppression, and running after evil works.

Darby Bible Translation
But thine eyes and thy heart are only on thine extortion, and on the blood of the innocent, to shed it, and on oppression and on violence, to do it.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thy eyes and thy heart are only for thy covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

World English Bible
But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

Young's Literal Translation
But thine eyes and thy heart are not, Except on thy dishonest gain, And on shedding of innocent blood, And on oppression, and on doing of violence.

Study Bible
A Warning about Jehoiakim
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. 17"But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion." 18Therefore thus says the LORD in regard to Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, "They will not lament for him: 'Alas, my brother!' or, 'Alas, sister!' They will not lament for him: 'Alas for the master!' or, 'Alas for his splendor!'…
Cross References
Luke 12:15
And He said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

2 Kings 24:4
and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the LORD would not forgive.

Proverbs 24:2
For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble.

Isaiah 56:11
And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.

Jeremiah 6:6
For thus says the LORD of hosts, "Cut down her trees And cast up a siege against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished, In whose midst there is only oppression.

Jeremiah 6:13
"For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely.

Jeremiah 8:10
"Therefore I will give their wives to others, Their fields to new owners; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is greedy for gain; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone practices deceit.

Jeremiah 17:11
"As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool."

Jeremiah 22:3
Thus says the LORD, "Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Ezekiel 18:12
oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore a pledge, but lifts up his eyes to the idols and commits abomination,
Treasury of Scripture

But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

thine eyes.

Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

Job 31:7 If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my …

Psalm 119:36,37 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness…

Ezekiel 19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed…

2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling …

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

covetousness.

Exodus 18:21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Luke 12:15-21 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Luke 16:13,14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost …

Ephesians 5:3-5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

2 Peter 2:3,14 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

to shed.

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

Jeremiah 26:22-24 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the …

1 Kings 21:19 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

2 Chronicles 36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which …

Ezekiel 19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

violence. or incursion.

(17) Thy covetousness.--More literally, thy gain, the word used implying (as in Jeremiah 6:13; Jeremiah 8:10) the idea of violence and oppression as the means by which it was obtained. The verb from which the noun is derived is so translated--" violence" (literally, "crushing")--in Deuteronomy 28:33. The marginal reading, "incursion," has nothing to commend it. In "the blood of the innocent" here, as in Jeremiah 22:3, we have an allusive reference to many, for the most part unrelenting, acts of cruelty. One of these, the murder of Urijah, meets us in Jeremiah 26:23.

Verse 17. - But thou, O Jehoiakim, art the opposite of thy father. For (not, But) thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness. "Covetousness" includes the ideas of injustice and violence (comp. Jeremiah 6:13; Jeremiah 8:10); hence the second half of the verse emphasizes the cruel tyranny which marked the internal policy of Jehoiakim. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,.... He was wholly intent upon gratifying that lust; his heart was meditating, contriving, and forming schemes for that purpose; and his eyes were looking out here and there for proper objects and opportunities to exercise it:

and for to shed innocent blood; in order to get their money, goods, and possessions into his hands; avarice often leads to murder:

and for oppression, and for violence, to do it; by making incursions, and seizing upon the properties of men, and converting them to his own use; so true it is, that covetousness, or the love of money, is the root of all evil, 1 Timothy 6:10. 17. thine—as opposed to thy father, Josiah.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.
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