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mael the son of Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Abikam believed them not.

15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, 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 in Judah perish?

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.

Now 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 Shaphan 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,

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 LORD.

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 they 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 Ishmael, 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 were slain.

10 Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites.

11 But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,

i 12 Then they took all the men, il least even unto the greatest, came and went to fight with Ishmael the near, son of Nethaniah, and found him by 2 And said unto Jeremiah the the great waters that are in Gibeon. prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our · 13 Now it came to pass, that when supplication be accepted before thee, all the people which were with Ish and pray for us unto the LORD thy mael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, God, even for all this remnant; (for and all the captains of the forces we are left but a few of many, as that were with him, then they were thine eyes do behold us :) glad.

3 That the LORD thy God may · 14 So all the people that Ishmael shew us the way wherein we may had carried away captive from Miz walk, and the thing that we may do. pah cast about and returned, and 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said went unto Johanan the son of Ka unto them, I have heard you; behold, reah.

I will pray unto the LORD your God 15 But Ishmael the son of Netha according to your word; and it shall niah escaped from Johanan with come to pass, that whatsoever thing eight men, and went to the Am the LORD shall answer you, I will monites.

declare it unto you; I will keep " 16 Then took Johanan the son of nothing back from you. Kareah, and all the captains of the 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, forces that were with him, all the The Lord be a true and faithful remnant of the people whom he had witness between us, if we do not recovered from Ishmael the son of even according to all things for the Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that which the Lord thy God shall send he had slain Gedaliah the son of thee to us. Ahikam, even mighty men of war, 6 Whether it be good, or whether and the women, and the children, it be evil, we will obey the voice of and the eunuchs, whom he had the Lord our God, to whom we brought again from Gibeon:

send thee; that it may be well with 17 And they departed, and dwelt us, when we obey the voice of the in the habitation of Chimham, which LORD our God. is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into 7 And it came to pass after ten Egypt,

days, that the word of the LORD 18 Because of the Chaldeans: for came unto Jeremiah. they were afraid of them, because 8 Then called he Johanan the son Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had of Kareah, and all the captains of slain Gedaliah the son of Abikam, the forces which were with him, and whom the king of Babylon made all the people from the least even to governor in the land.

the greatest,

9 And said unto them, Thus saith CHAP. XLII.

the LORD, the God of Israel, unto

whom ye sent me to present your THEN all the captains of the supplication before bim; forces, and Johanan the son of Ka 10 If ye will still abide in this reah, and Jezaniah the son of Ho- land, then will I build you, and not shaiah, and all the people from the poll you down, and I will plant you,

and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto

you.

- 11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

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,

14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the 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 LORD 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, shall 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 ex

ecration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.

19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O 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, saying, 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 LORD 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.

AND it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words,

2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:

3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.

4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, he shall burn them, and carry them and all the captains of the forces, away captives : and he shall array and all the people, obeyed not the himself with the land of Egypt, as a voice of the LORD, to dwell in the shepherd putteth on his garment; land of Judah.

and be shall go forth from thence 5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, in peace. and all the captains of the forces, 13 He shall break also the images took all the remnant of Judah, that of Beth-shemesh, that is in the land were returned from all nations, whi of Egypt; and the houses of the ther they had been driven, to dwell gods of the Egyptians shall be burn in the land of Judah;

with fire. 6 Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters,

CHAP. XLIV. and every person that Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had left THE word that came to Jeremiah with Gedaliah the son of Abikam concerning all the Jews which dwell the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah in the land of Egypt, which dwell at the prophet, and Baruch the son of Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Neriah.

Noph, and in the country of Pathros, 7 So they came into the land of saying, Egypt: for they obeyed not the 2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, voice of the LORD: thus came they the God of Israel; Ye bave seen all even to Tahpanhes.

the evil that I have brought upon 8 Then came the word of the Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, Judah; and, behold, this day they saying,

are a desolation, and no man dwell9 Take great stones in thine hand, eth therein, and hide them in the clay in the 3 Because of their wickedness brickkiln, which is at the entry of which they have committed to proPharaoh's house in Tahpanbes, in voke me to anger, in that they went the sight of the men of Judah; to burn incense, and to serve other

10 And say unto them, Thus saith gods, whom they knew not, neither. the LORD of hosts, the God of Is they, ye, nor your fathers. rael; Behold, I will send and take 4 How beit I sent unto you all my Nebuchadrezzar the king of Baby servants the prophets, rising early lon, my servant, and will set his and sending them, saying, Oh, do not throne upon these stones that I have this abominable thing that I hate. hid; and he shall spread his royal 5 But they hearkened not, nor inpavilion over them.

clined their ear to turn from their 11 And when he cometh, he shall wickedness, to burn no incense unto smite the land of Egypt, and deliver other gods. such as are for death to death ; and 6 Wherefore my fury and mine such as are for captivity to captivity; anger was poured forth, and was. and such as are for the sword to the kindled in the cities of Judah and in sword.

the streets of Jerusalem ; and they 12 And I will kindle a fire in the are wasted and desolate, as at this houses of the gods of Egypt; and l day.

7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;

8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem ?

10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the

sword, by the famine, and by the || pestilence:

14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there : for none shall return but such as shall escape.

15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jeru

victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people

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