The king’s choice (Jer 22:4-22:5)

“If you will indeed obey this word,

Then through the gates of this house

Shall enter kings

Who will sit

On the throne of David.

They will ride in chariots.

They will ride on horses.

They will do this

With their servants,

With their people.

But if you will not heed these words,

I swear by myself,

Says Yahweh,

That this house

Shall become a desolation.”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, gave the king a choice. He could obey the word of Yahweh, then there would be many kings sitting on the throne of David with chariots and horses for all the people of Judah. However, if he did not listen to the word of Yahweh, Yahweh himself would make the house of Judah a desolation.