Jeremiah 22:15
Good News Translation
Does it make you a better king if you build houses of cedar, finer than those of others? Your father enjoyed a full life. He was always just and fair, and he prospered in everything he did.

Contemporary English Version
More cedar in your palace doesn't make you a better king than your father Josiah. He always did right--he gave justice to the poor and was honest.

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?

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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?

thy.

Jeremiah 22:18 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda: They shall not mourn for him, Alas, my brother, and, Alas, sister: they shall not lament for him, Alas, my lord, or, Alas, the noble one.

2 Kings 23:25 There was no king before him like unto him, that returned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his strength, according to all the law of Moses: neither after him did there arise any like unto him.

1 Chronicles 3:15 And the sons of Josias were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Joakim, the third Sedecias, the fourth Sellum.

eat.

1 Kings 4:20-23 Juda and Israel were innumerable, as the sand of the sea in multitude; eating and drinking, and rejoicing. . . .

2 Chronicles 35:7,8,12-18 And Josias gave to all the people that were found there in the solemnity of the phase, of lambs and of kids of the flocks, and of other small cattle thirty thousand, and of oxen three thousand, all these were of the king's substance. . . .

Ecclesiastes 2:24 Is it not better to eat and drink, and to shew his soul good things of his labours? and this is from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go then, and eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because thy works please God. . . .

Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness.

Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high, the fortifications of rocks shall be his highness: bread is given him, his waters are sure.

Luke 11:41 But yet that which remaineth, give alms: and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Acts 2:46 And continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart:

1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God.

and do.

Jeremiah 22:3 Thus saith the Lord: Execute judgment and justice, and deliver him that is oppressed out of the hand of the oppressor: and afflict not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, nor oppress them unjustly: and shed not innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus saith the Lord: Judge ye judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is oppressed by violence out of the hand of the oppressor: lest my indignation go forth like a fire, and be kindled, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your ways.

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise: and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel: and David did judgment and justice to all his people.

1 Kings 10:9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, whom thou hast pleased, and who hath set thee upon the throne of Israel, because the Lord hath loved Israel for ever, and hath appointed thee king, to do judgment and justice.

2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of David, his father: he turned not aside to the right hand, or to the left.

2 Kings 23:25 There was no king before him like unto him, that returned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his strength, according to all the law of Moses: neither after him did there arise any like unto him.

2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father: he declined not, neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency.

Proverbs 21:3 To do mercy and judgment, pleaseth the Lord more than victims.

Proverbs 25:5 Take away wickedness from the face of the king, and his throne shall be established with justice.

Proverbs 29:4 A just king setteth up the land: a covetous man shall destroy it.

Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, decree that which is just, and do justice to the needy and poor.

Isaiah 9:7 His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

then.

Jeremiah 42:6 Whether it be good or evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee: that it may be well with us when we shall hearken to the voice of the Lord our God.

Deuteronomy 4:40 Keep his precepts and commandments, which I command thee: that it may be well with thee, and thy children after thee, and thou mayst remain a long time upon the land, which the Lord thy God will give thee.

Psalm 128:1,2 A gradual canticle. Blessed are all they that fear the Lord: that walk in his ways. . . .

Isaiah 3:10 Say to the just man that it is well, for he shall eat the fruit of his doings.

Context
A Warning about Jehoiakim
14Who saith: I will build me a wide house, and large chambers: who openeth to himself windows, and maketh roofs of cedar, and painteth them with vermilion. 15Shalt 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?16He judged the cause of the poor and needy for his own good: was it not therefore because he knew me, saith the Lord?…
Cross References
2 Kings 23:25
There was no king before him like unto him, that returned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his strength, according to all the law of Moses: neither after him did there arise any like unto him.

Psalm 128:2
For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands: blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee.

Isaiah 3:10
Say to the just man that it is well, for he shall eat the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 7:5
For if you will order well your ways, and your doings: if you will execute judgment between a man and his neighbour,

Jeremiah 21:12
O house of David, thus saith the Lord: Judge ye judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is oppressed by violence out of the hand of the oppressor: lest my indignation go forth like a fire, and be kindled, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your ways.

Jeremiah 42:6
Whether it be good or evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee: that it may be well with us when we shall hearken to the voice of the Lord our God.

Additional Translations
Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and administer justice and righteousness? Then it went well with him.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?

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.

Shalt thou reign, because thou art provoked with thy father Achaz? they shall not eat, and they shall not drink: it is better for thee to execute judgment and justice.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.
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