“Woe to him who builds his house
through unrighteousness
and his upper rooms through injustice,
who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing
and does not give him his wages, Bible other translations

“builds his house through unrighteousness.” In Judah, the rich and powerful were oppressing the people. Only the rich and powerful could build houses with upper rooms and then find ways not to pay the workers.

“wages.” The Hebrew word is literally “work,” but in this case “work” is put by metonymy for that which is gained by work, which is “pay” or “wages.”

Commentary for: Jeremiah 22:13