Jeremiah 22:13 Index
"Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;"
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" . . . him that buildeth . . . "

  • A reference to Jehoiakim himself (Jeremiah 22:1). Jehoiakim evidently showed disregard for the economic condition of his subjects, who were already experiencing the hardships of foreign invasion and the burdens of heavy tribute (Kings 23:35). (4BC 436)

" . . . his chambers . . . "

  • Literally, "roof chambers." (4BC 436)

" . . . service without wages . . . "

  • Jehoiakim evidently imposed forced labor on some of his unfortunate subjects. Instead of being free, the people were virtually salves, receiving their food but no wages. (4BC 436)