Jeremiah 22:15
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15  Do you think you are more a king Because you compete in cedar? Your father ate and drank And dispensed justice and equity— Then all went well with him.

ha-tim-LOKH KEE a-TAH m’-ta-kha-REH va-A-rez a-VEE-kha ha-LO a-KHAL v’-sha-TAH v’-a-SAH mish-PAT utz-da-KAH AZ TOV LO

טו  הֲתִמְלֹךְ כִּי אַתָּה מְתַחֲרֶה בָאָרֶז אָבִיךָ הֲלוֹא אָכַל וְשָׁתָה וְעָשָׂה מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה אָז טוֹב לוֹ׃

22:15   Your father ate and drank and dispensed justice and equity 

Yirmiyahu wistfully compares the evil king of Yehuda, Yehoyakim, with his righteous predecessor, his father King Yoshiyahu. Yehoyakim misused the throne for his personal benefit at the expense of the poor, building himself new mansions of cedar. Yoshiyahu also enjoyed the material comforts of the king’s palace, but understood his primary duties, to care for and protect the poor and the needy. Yirmiyahu emphasizes that it was precisely because the righteous King Yoshiyahu cared for others that he was blessed with success.

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