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Siege of the Chaldeans raised.
book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words. CHAP. XXXVII, * 1 The Egyptians, having raised the Chaldean's siege, Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah; 6:who shrofthesieth the Chaldeans return and victory. 11 He is beaten, and hut in firison. ND king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom, Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon made king in the land of Judah
2. But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the Lord, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah. 3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the Lo RD our God for us. 4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison. 5 Then Pharaoh’s army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem. 6 s Then came the word of the Lord unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 7 Thus saith the Lon D, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire. 9 Thus saith the Lord ; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. 10 For though he had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire. 11 s And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
Jeremiah imprisoned. 621. not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him : so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and Smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made ubat the prison. 16 s When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; 17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out; and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there an word from the LoRD 2 And Jeremiah said, | There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. 18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have 1 offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this Roo. that ye have put me in prison? 19 Where are now your prophets which ol. unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? | 720 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. 21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they ! should give him daily a piece of bread out of the baker's street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the pion. CHAP. XXXVIII. 1 Jeremiah is fut into the dungeon. 7 Ebed-melech getteth him some enlargement. 14 His counsel to the king. To Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying, 2. Thus saith the lord, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword. by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live. 3 Thus saith the Lond, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it,
12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.
13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah ; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall
4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be ut to death: for thus he weakeneth the ands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt. 5Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.
622 Jeremiah's enlargement. 6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison : and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the o there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire. 7 's Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon ; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin : 8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, saying, 9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon ; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. 10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. 11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. 12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did
SO. 13 Sothey drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up outofthe dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison. 14 || Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the Lok D : and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing ; hide nothing from me. 15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely o me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?, 16 So Zedekiah the kingsware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, .ds the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life. 17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lorn, the God of hosts, the God of Israel ; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire ; and thou shalt live, and thine house : 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.
PHis counsel to Zedekiah.
19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LoRD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live. 21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the Lord hath shewed me: 22 And behold, all the women that are left in the king of Jūdah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Bablon's princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have
| prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in
the mire, and they are turned away back. 23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon : and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire. 24 of Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die. 25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death ; also what the king said unto thee : 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there. 27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him ; for the matter was not perceived. 28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken. CHAP. XXXIX. 1Jerusalem is taken. 7 Zedekiah is made blind, and sent to Babylon. 8 The city ruined. 9 The heofile are castivated. N the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. 2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. 3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all the residue of the 'princes of the king of Babylon.
Zedekiah is sent to Babylon.
4 's And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out cf the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and hc went out the way of the plain. 5 But the Chaldeans army pursued af. ter them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Neouchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him. " 6. Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all 3. nobles of Judah. 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon. 8 || And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. 9. Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. 10 But, Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of i. and gave thon vineyards and fields at the Same time. 11 * Now Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, saying, 12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm ; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee, 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushashan, Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the king of Babylon's princes; 14. Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should
18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the
LoRD. CHAP. XL. 1Jeremiah being set/reeby.V-buzar-adan goeth to Gedaliah. 7 The dishersed Jews reflair to him. 13 Ishmael's consfiracy. HE word which came to jo from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon. 2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremian, and said unto him, The Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place. 3 Now the Lor D hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because fe have sinned against the LoRD, and ave not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you. 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come ; and I will look well unto thee : but if it seein ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear : behold, all the land is before thee: whither it scemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go. 5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people : or go wheresoever it seemeth convenicnt unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him 6 Then went Jeremiah unto ğan the son of Ahikam to Mizpah ; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land. 7 * Now when all the captains of the
carry him home : so he dwelt among
the people. 15 s
unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in
the court of the prison, saying,
Now the word of the Lord came
16 Go and speak to Exed-melech the
Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will
bring my words upon this city for evil,
and not for good; and they shall be accomfilished in that day before thee. 17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord : and thou shalt not be ven into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.
forces which were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedali...h the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon; 8 Then they came to Gc(làliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jon'than the sons of Kareah, and Seraioh the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathize, and Jezoni h time son of a Maachathi.e., they and their men. 9 And Geolaliah theson of Ahikam theson
" of Shaphan swarc unto them and to their 624 Ishmael killeth Gedaliah.
men, saying, Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwellintheland, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. 10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken. 11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and that overe in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan ; 12 hoven all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much. 13 s Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, 14 And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to slay thee P But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not. 15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spake to Gedalial in Mizpah secretly, say: ing, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it : wherefore should he slay thee, that all the Jews which are gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant of Judah perish 2 16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this thing : for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael. CHAP. XLI. 1 Ishmael treacherously killeth Gedaliah, and others. 11 Johanan recovereth the captives. No. it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him,came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah ; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah. 2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaplian with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land. 3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the men of war. 4 And it came to pass the second day
after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it,
The cafitives recovered.
5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the Lon D. 6 And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. 7 And it was so, when thcy came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him. 8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmacl, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren. 9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that overe slain. 10 Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Yolo even the king's daughters, and all the people that remained in M.P. whom Nebuzar-adan the contain of the guard had committed to Geddiah the son of Ahikam: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites. i1 || But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that overe with him, heard of all the evil that lshmael the son of Nethaniah had done, 12 Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon. 13 Now it came to pass, that when all the people which were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad. 14 So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johaman the son of Kareah. 15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight unen, and went to the Ammonites. 16 Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war,
Johanan's request to Jeremiah. Chap. xliii. He is refiroved for hypocrisy. 635
and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon: - 17 And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt, 18 Because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land. CHAP. XLII. 1 Johanan desireth Jeremiah to inquire of God, fromising obedience. 7 Jeremiah's answer. 19 Their hysiocrisy refiroved. To all the captains of the forces, - and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, 2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us :) 3 That the LoRD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do. 4. Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you ; . I will pray unto the Lo RD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lok D shall answer you, I will declare it unto you ; I will keep nothing back from you. 5. Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even acoording to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us. , 6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LoRD ..our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God. it 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah. 8. Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LoRD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent nie to present your supplication before him ; 10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull low down, and I will plant you, and not pluck ou up: for I repent me of the evil that I ave done unto you. 11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid ; he not afraid of him, saith the Lok D : for I am with you, to
save you, and to deliver you from his land.
12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land. 13 || But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LoRD your God, . - - t 14 Saying, No ; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, norhearthe sound of the trumpet,nor have hunger of bread ; and there will we dwell: 15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lok D of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there ; 16. Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shals overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. 17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence : and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them. 18 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt; and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach ; and ye shall see this place no more. 19 || The LoRD hath said concerning you, Q ye remnant of Judah ; Go ye not into Egypt; know certainly that I have admonished you this day. 20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LoRD your God, o; Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the LoRD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. 21 And now I have this day declared it to you ; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lok D your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. 22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn. CHAP. XLIII. 1 Johanan carri th Jeremiah into Egyft. 8 Jeremiah #!/o the conquest of Egy/it by the fabylonians. ND it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking onto all the people all the words of the LoR D their God, for which the Lord thcir God had sent him to them, even all ..hese words, 2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Jobanan the son of Kareah,