Jeremiah 22:14 Index
"That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion."
Research Material

" . . . a wide house . . . "

  • That is, "a large sized house," with roof chambers (Jeremiah 22:13) and wide windows. (4BC 436)
  • At the very time messages of impending doom were urged upon princes and people, their ruler, Jehoiakim, who should have been a wise spiritual leader, foremost in confession of sin and in reformation and good works, was spending his time in selfish pleasure. “I will build me a wide house and large chambers,” he proposed; and this house, “ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermilion” (Jeremiah 22:14), was built with money and labor secured through fraud and oppression. (PK 429)

" . . . cieled . . . " Literally, "covered," or "paneled." (4BC 436)

" . . . painted with vermilion."

  • Probably the same red pigment that was used in the buildings of Assyria and Egypt (Ezekiel 23:14). Possibly it was cinnabar, or red clay and oxide of iron. Jehoiakim very probably had the vain ambition to emulate the architectural glory of the Egyptian king Pharaoh-Necho, who had placed him on the throne (2 Kings 23:34). (4BC 437)