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Jeremiah prophesieth JEREMIAH, the Chaldeans' victory went out among the people: for sto king, Zedekiah, What have ! they had not put him into prison. offended against thee, or against

5 Then Pharaoh's army was thy servants, or against this peo come forth out of Egypt: and when ple, that ye have put me in prison ! the Chaldeans that besieged Jeru 19 Where are now your propheta salem heard tidings of them, they which prophesied unto you, saying, departed from Jerusalem.

The king of Babylon shall not 6 1 Then came the word of the come against you, nor against this LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, land? saying,

20 Therefore hear now, I pray ** Thus saith the LORD, the God thee, O my lord the king: let my of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the supplication, I pray thee, be acking of Judah, that sent you unto cepted before thee; that thou cause me to inquire of me; Behold, Pha- me not to return to the house ot raoh's army, which is come forth Jonathan the scribe, lest I die to help you, shall return to Egypt there. into their own land.

21 Then Zedekiah the king com 8 And the Chaldeans shall come manded that they should commit again, and fight against this city, Jeremiah into the court of the and take it, and burn it with fire. prison, and that they should give

9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive him daily a piece of bread out of not yourselves, saying, The Chal- the bakers'

street, until all the bread deans shall surely depart from us : in the city were spent. Thus Jefor they shall not depart.

remiah remained in the court of 10 For though ye had smitten the the prison. whole army of the Chaldeans that CHAP. XXXVII. fight against you, and there remain- Jeremiah cast into the Dungeon. ed but wounded men among them. THEN Shephatiah, the son

of in his tent, and burn this city with of Pashur, and Jucal the son of fire.

Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of 11 | And it came to pass, that Malchiah, heard the words that Jewhen the army of the Chaldeans remiah had spoken unto all the peowas broken up from Jerusalem for ple, saying, fear of Pharaoh's army,

2 Thus sạith the LORD, He that 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out remaineth in this city shall die by of Jerusalem to go into the land of the sword, by the famine, and by Benjamin, to separate himself the pestilence: but he that goeth thence in the midst of the people. forth to the Chaldeans shall live;

13 And when he was in the gate for he shall have his life for a prey,
of Benjamin, a captain of the ward and shall live.
was there, whose name was Irijah, 3 Thus saith the LORD, This city
the son of Shelemiah, the son of shall surely be given into the hand
Hananiah ; and he took Jeremiah of the king of Babylon's army,
the prophet, saying, Thou fallest which shall take it.
to the Chaldeans.

4 Therefore the princes said unto 14 Then said Jeremiah, it is the king, We beseech thee, let this false; I fall not away to the Chal- man be put to death: for thus he deans. But he hearkened not to weakeneth the hands of the men him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and of war that remain in this city, brought him to the princes.

and the hands of all the people, in 15 Wherefore the princes were speaking such words unto them: wroth with Jeremiah, and smote for this man seeketh not the welhim, and put him in prison in the fare of this people, but the hurt. house of Jonathan the scribe : for 5 Then Zedekiah the king said, they had made that the prison. Behold, he is in your hand: for the

16 ? When Jeremiah was en- king is not he that can do any tored into the dungeon, and into the thing against you. cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;.

6 Then took they Jeremiah, and

cast him into the dungeon of Mal17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, chiah the son of Hammelech, that and took him out: and the king was in the court of the prison and asked him secretly in his house, they let down Jeremiah with cords and said, Is there any word from And in the dungeon there was no the LORD ? And Jeremiah said, water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk There is : for, said he, thou shalt in the mire. be delivered into the hand of the 7 1 Now when Ebed-melech tho king of Babylon.

Ethiopian, one of the cunuchs 18 Moreover, Jeremiah said un-1 which was in the king's house,


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Jeremiah's secret advice CHAP. XXXIX.

to king Zedekiah heard that they had put Jeremiah (thou shalt not escape out of their in the dungeon; the king then sit- hand. cing in the gate of Benjamin; 19 And Zedekiah the king said

8 Ebed-melech went forth out of unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the the king's house, and spake to the Jews that are fallen to the Chalking, saying,

deans, lest they deliver me into 9 My lord the king, these men their hand, and they mock me. have done evil in all that they have 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall done to Jeremiah the prophet, not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech whom they have cast into the dun- thee, the voice of the LORD, which geon; and he is like to die for I speak unto thee: so it shall be hunger in the place where he is: well unto thee, and thy soul shall for there is no more bread in the live.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, 10 Then the king commanded this is the word that the LORD hath Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, say- shewed me: ing, Take from hence thirty men 2 And behold, all the women with thee, and take up Jeremiah that are left in the king of Judah's the prophet out of the dungeon, be- house shall be brought forth to the fore he die.

king of Babylon's princes, and 11 So Ebed-melech took the men those women shall say, Thy friends with him, and went into the bouso have set thee on, and have preof the king under the treasury, and vailed against thee: thy feet are took thence old cast clouts and old sunk in the mire, and they are rotten rags, and let them down by turned away back. cords into the dungeon to Jere 23 So they shall bring out all thy miah.

wives and thy children to the Chal12 And Ebed-melech the Ethio- deans: and thou shalt pot escape pian said unto Jeremiah, Put now out of their hand, but shalt be tathese old cast clouts and rotten ken by the hand of the king of rags under thine arm-holes under Babylon: and thou shalt cause this the cords. And Jeremiah did so. city to be burned with fire.

13 So they drew up Jeremiah 24 1 Then said Zedekiah unto with cords, and took him up out Jeremiah, Let no man know of of the dungeon: and Jeremiah re- these words, and thou shalt not mained in the court of the pri- die.

25 But if the princes hear that 14 | Then Zedekiah the king I have talked with thee, and they sent, and took Jeremiah the pro- come unto thee, and say unto thee, phet unto him into the third entry Declare unto us now what thou that is in the house of the LORD: hast said unto the king, hide it not and the king said unto Jeremiah, from us, and we will not put theo will ask thee a thing; hide nothing to death; also what the king said from me.

unto thee: 15 Then Jeremiah said unto 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, Zedekiah, If I declare it onto thee, I presented my supplication before wilt thou not surely put me to the king, that he would not cause death ? and if I give thee counsel, me to return to Jonathan's house, wilt thou not hearken unto me? to die there.

16 So Zedekiah the king sware 27 Then came all the princes secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As unto Jeremiah, and asked him: the LORD liveth, that made us and he told them according to all this soul, I will not put thee to these words that the king had death, neither will I give thee into commanded. So they left

offspeak the hand of these men that seeking with him; for the matter was thy life.

not perceived. 17 Then said Jeremiah unto 28 So Jeremiah abode in the court Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, of the prison until the day that the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Jerusalem was taken: and he was If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto there when Jerusalem

was taken. the king of Babylon's princes, then

CHAP. XXXIX. thy soul shall live, and this city Jerusalem hesieged and taken. shall not be burned with fire ; and I the ninth

year of Zedekiah 18 But if thou wilt not go forth month,

Nebuchadrezzar to the king of Babylon's princes, king of Babylon and all his army then shall this city be given into against Jerusalem, and they bethe hand of the Chaldeans, and sieged it. they shall burn it with fire, and 2 And in the eleventh year of


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Jeremiah, &c. Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the carry him home: So he dwel ninth day of the month, the city among the people. was broken up.

15 i Now the word of the LORD 3 And all the princes of the king came unto Jeremiah, while he was of Babylon came in, and sat in the shut up in the court of the prison, middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, saying, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim, Rab-sa 16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech ris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith with all the residue of the princes the LORD of hosts, the God of of the king of Babylon.

Israel; Behold, I will bring my 4 11 And it came to pass, that words upon this city for eyil, and when Zedekiah the king of Judah not for good; and they shall be saw them, and all the men of war, accomplished in that day before then they fled, and went forth out thee. of the city by night, by the way of 17 But I will deliver thee in that the king's garden, by the gate be-day, saith the LORD and thou twixt the two walls: and he went shalt not be given into the hand of out the way of the plain.

the men of whom thou art afraid. 5 But the Chaldeans' army pur 16 For I will surely deliver thee, sued after them, and overtook and thou shalt not fall, by the Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: sword, but thy life shall be for and when they had taken him, a prey unto thee: because thou they brought him up to Nebu- hast put thy trust in me, saith the chadnezzar king of Babylon to LORD. Riblah in the land of Hamath,

CHAP. XL. where he gave judgment upon Jeremiah set at liberty. him.

6 Then the king of Babylon slew THE word which came to Jere the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah that Nebuzar-adan the captain of before his eyes: also the king of the guard had let him go from Babylon slew all the nobles of Ramah, when he had taken him Judah.

being bound in chains among all 7. Moreover he put out Zede- that were carried away captive of kjah's eyes, and bound him with Jerusalem and Judah, which were chains, to carry him to Babylon. carried away captive unto Baby

81 And the Chaldeans burned the lon. king's house, and the houses of the 2 And the captain of the guard people, with fire, and brake down took Jeremiah, and said unto trim, che walls of Jerusalem.

The LORD thy God hath pro9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain nounced this evil upon this place. of the guard carried away captive 3 Now the LORD hath brought into Babylon the remnant of the it, and done according as he hath people that remained in the city, said: because ye have sinned and those that fell away, that fell against the LORD, and have not to him, with the rest of the people obeyed his voice, therefore this that remained.

thing is come upon you. 10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain 4 And now, behold, I loose thee of the guard left of the poor of the this day from the chains which people, which had nothing, in the were upon thy hand. If it seem land of Judah, and gave them vine- good unto thee to come with me yards and fields at the same time. into Babylon, come; and I will

11 | Now Nebuchadrozzar king look well unto thee: but if it seem of Babylon gave charge concern- ill onto thee to come with me into ing Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the Babylon, forbear: behold, all the captain of the guard, saying, land is before thee: whither it

12 Take him, and look well to seemeth good and convenient for him, and do him no harm; but do thee to go, thither go. unto him even as he shall say unto 5 Now while he was not yet thee.

gone back, he said, Go back also 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the of the guard sent, and Neby son of Shaphan, whom the king of shasban, Rab-saris, and Nergal-Babylon hath made governor over sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the the cities of Judah, and dwell with king of Babylon'a princes; him among the people: orgo

14 Even they sent, and took wheresoever it seemeth convenient Jeremiah out of the court of the unto thee to go. So the captain of prison, and committed him unto the guard gave him victuals and a Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the reward, and let him go. sou of Shaphan, that he should 6 Then went Jeremial wito

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resort to Gedaliah. CHAP. XLI. Ishmacl slayeth Gedaliah.
Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to should be scattered, and the rem-
Mizpah ; and dwelt with him nant in Judah perish?
among the people that were left in 16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahi-
the land.

kam said unto Johanan the son of
71 Now when all the captains of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this
the forces which were in the fields, thing: for thou speakest falsely of
even they, and their men, heard Ishmael.
that the king of Babylon had made

CHAP. XLI. Gedaliah the son of Ahikam gover Ishmael slayeth Gedaliah, &c.


seventh month, Ishmael children, and of the poor of the the son of Nethaniah the son of land, of them that were not carried Elishama, of the seed royal, and away captive to Babylon;

the princes of the king, even ten 8 Then they came to Gedaliah men with him, came unto Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jona- there they did eat bread together in than the sons of Kareah, and Se- Mizpah. raiah the son of Tanhumeth, and 2 Then arose Ishmael the son of the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, Nethaniah, and the ten men that and Jezaniah the son of a Maacha were with him, and smote Gedathite, they and their men.

liah the son of Ahikam the son of 9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahi- Shaphan with the sword, and slew kam the son of Shaphan sware him, whom the king of Babylon unto them and to their men, say- had made governor over the land. ing, Fear not to serve the Chal 3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews deans: dwell in the land, and serve that were with him, even with the king of Babylon, and it shall be Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the well with you.

Chaldeans that were found there, 10 As for me, behold, I will and the men of war. dwell at Mizpah, to serve the 4 And it came to pass the seChaldeans, which will come unto cond day after he had slain Gedaus: but ye, gather ye wine, and liah, and no man knew it, summer fruits, and oil, and put 5 That there came certain from them in your vessels, and dwell in Shechem, from Shiloh, and from your cities that ye have taken. Samaria, even fourscore men, hay

11 Likewise when all the Jews ing their beards shaven, and their that were in Moab, and among th clothes rent, and having cut them. Ammonites, and 'in Edom, and selves, with offerings and incense that were in all the countries, heard in their hand, to bring them to the that the king of Babylon had left a house of the LORD. remnant of Judah, and that he 6 And Ishmael the son of Nethahad set over them Gedaliah the niah went forth from Mizpah to son of Ahikam the son of Sha- meet them, weeping all along 13 phan;

he went: and it came to pass, as 12 Even all the Jews returned he met them, he said unto them, out of all places whither they were come to Gedaliah the son of Ahidriven, and came to the land of kam. Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, 7 And it was so, when they came and gathered wine and summer into the midst of the city, that Ishfruits very much.

mael the son of Nethaniah slew 13 T Moreover, Johanan the son them, and cast them into the midst of Kareah, and all the captains of of the pit, he, and the men that the forces that were in the fields, were with him. came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,

8 But ten men were found among 14 And said unto him, Dost thou them that said unto Ishmael, Slay certainly know that Baalis the king us not: for we have treasures in of the Ammonites hath sent Ish- the field, of wheat, and of barley, mael the son of Nethaniah to slay and of oil, and of honey. So he thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahi- forbare, and slew them not among kam believed them not.

their brethren. 15 Then Johanan the son of Ka 9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael reah spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah had cast all the dead bodies of the secretly, saying, Let me go, I pray men, whom he had slain because thee, and I will slay Ishmael the of Gedaliah, was it which Asa the son of Nethaniah, and no man king had made for fear of Baasha shall know it: wherefore should king of Israel: and Ishmael the he slay thee, that all the Jews son of Nethaniah filled it with which are gathered unto thee them that were slain. 2 G 30


The captives recovered. JEREMIAH, Johanan's request

10 Then Ishmael carried away | supplication be accepted before captive all the residue of the peo- thee, and pray for us unto the ple that were in Mizpah, even the LORD thy God, even for all this king's daughters, and all the peo- remnant; (for we are left but a few ple that remained in Mizpah, of many, as thine eyes do behold whom Nebuzar-adan the captain us :) of the guard had committed to 3 That the LORD thy God may Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and shew us the way wherein we may Ishmael the son of Nethaniah walk, and the thing that we may carried them away captive, and do. departed to go over to the Am 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said monites.

unto them, I have heard you; be11 11 But when Johanan the son hold, I will pray unto the LORD of Kareah, and all the captains of your God according to your words ; the forces that were with him, and it shall come to pass, that heard of all the evil that Ishmael whatsoever thing the LORD shall the son of Nethaniah had done, answer you, I will declare it unto 12 Then they

took all the men, you; I will keep nothing back and went to fight with Ishmael the from you. son of Nethaniah, and found him 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, by the great waters that are in The Lord be a true and faithful Gibeon.

witness between us, if we do not 13 Now it came to pass, that even according to all things for the when all the people which were which the LORD thy God shall send with Ishmael saw Johanan the son thee to us. of Kareah, and all the captains of 6 Whether it be good, or whe the forces that were with him, then ther it be evil, we will obey, the they were glad.

voice of the LORD our God, te 14 So all the people that Ishmael whom we send thee; that it may had carried away captive from be well with us, when we obey the Mizpah cast about and returned, voice of the LORD our God. and went unto Johanan the son of 7 And it came to pass after ten Kareah.

days, that the word of the LORD 15 But Ishmael the son of Netha- came unto Jeremiah. niah escaped from Johanan with 8 Then called he Johanan the eight men, and went to the Am- son of Kareah, and all the capmonites.

tains of the forces which were with 16 Then took Johanan the son him, and all the people from the of Kareah, and all the captains of least even to the greatest, the forces that were with him, all 9 And said unto them. Thus saith the remnant of the people whom the LORD, the God of Israel, unto he had rocovered from Ishmael the whom ye sent me to present your son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, supplication before him; after that he had slain Gedaliah 10 If ye will still abide in this the son of Ahikam, even mighty land, then will I build

you, and not men of war, and the women, and pull you down, and I will plant the children, and the eunuchs, you, and not pluck you up: for I whom he had brought again from repent me of the evil that I have Gibeon:

done unto you. 17 And they departod, and dwelt 11 Be not afraid of the king of in the habitation of Chimham, Babylon, of whom ye are afraid ; which is by Bethlehem, to go to be not afraid of him, saith the enter®into Egypt,

LORD: for I am with you, to save 18 Because of the Chaldeans: for you, and to deliver you from his they were afraid of them, because hand. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had 12 And I will shew mercies unto slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, you, that he may have mercy upon whom the king of Babylon made you, and cause you to return to governor in the land.

your own land. CHAP. XLII.

13 But if ye say, We will not Johanan, &c. promise Obedience. dwell in this land, neither obey THEN all the captains of the the voice of the LORD your God,

forces, and Johanan the son of 14 Saying, No; but we will go Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of into the land of Egypt, where we Hoshaiah, and all the people from shall see no war, nor hear the the least even unto the greatest, sound of the trumpet, por bave came near,

hunger of bread : and there will 2 And said unto Jeremiah the we dwell: prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our 15 And now therefore hear the

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