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Jeremiah's counsel to Zedekiah. JEREMIAH. Zedekiah is sent to Babylon.

18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the Rab-mag, with all the residue of the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this princes of the king of Babylon. city be given into the hand of the Chalde 4 | And it came to pass, that when ans, and they shall burn it with fire, and Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand. all the men of war, then they fled, and went

19 And Zedekiah the king said unto forth out of the city by night, by the way Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are of the king's garden, by the gate betwixt fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver the two walls: and he went out the way me into their hand, and they mock me. of the plain.

20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not 5 But the Chaldeans'army pursued after deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plaing voice of the LORD, which I speak unto of Jericho: and when they had taken him, thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy they brought him up to Nebuchadrezzar soul shall live.

king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of 21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is Hamath, where begavejudgment upon him the word that the Lord hath shewed me: 6 Then the king of Babylon slew the

22 And behold, all the women that are sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: · left in the king of Judah's house shall be also the king of Babylon slew all the no

brought forth to the king of Babylon's bles of Judah. princes, and those women shall say, Thy 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, friends have set thee on, and have prevail- and bound him with chains, to carry him ed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the to Babylon. mire, and they are turned away back. 8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's

23 So they shall bring out all thy wives house, and the houses of the people, with and thy children to the Chaldeans: and fire, and brake down the wallsof Jerusalem. thou shalt not escape out of their hand, 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of but shalt be taken by the hand of the king the guard carried away captive into Babyof Babylon : and thou shalt cause this city lon the remnant of the people that remain. to be burned with fire.

ed in the city, and those that fell away, 24 4 Then said Zedekiah unto Jere- that fell to him, with the rest of the people miah, Let no man know of these words, that remained. and thou shalt not die.

10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of 25 But if the princes hear that I have the guard left of the poor of the people, talked with thee, and they come unto thee, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now and gave them vineyards and fields at the what thou hast said unto the king, hide it same time. not from us, and we will not put thee to 11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of death; also what the king said unto Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah thee:

to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, 1 saying, presented my supplication before the king, 12 Take him, and look well to him, and that he would not cause me to return to do him no harm ; but do unto him even as Jonathan's house, to die there.

he shall say unto thee. 27 Then came all the princes unto Je 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the remiah, and asked him : and he told them guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rab-saris, according to all these words that the king and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the had commanded. So they left off speak- king of Babylon's princes; ing with him; for the matter was not per 14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah ceived.

out of the court of the prison, and commit. 28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of ted him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the prison until the day that Jerusalem the son of Shaphan, that he should carry was taken: and he was there when Jeru- him home : so he dwelt among the people. salem was taken.

15 | Now the word of the LORD came CHAP. XXXIX.

unto Jeremiah, while he was sbut up in the IN N the ninth year of Zedekiah king of court of the prison, saying,

Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebu 16 Go and speaker bed-melech the chadrezzarking of Babylon andallhisarmy Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will

2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, bring my words upon this city for evil, and in the fourth month, the ninth day of the not forgood; and they shall be accomplished month, the city was broken up.

in that day before thee. 3 And all the princes of the king of 17 But I will deliver thee in that day, Babylon came in, and sat in the middle saith the LORD a.d thou shalt not be gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, given into the hand of the men of whom Sarsecbim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, thou art afraid.

Jeremiah goes to Gedaliah. CHAP. XL, XLI. Ishmael kills Gedaliah.

18: For I will surely deliver thee, and the king of Babylon, and it shall be well thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy with you. life shall be for a prey unto thee: because 10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at thou hast put thị trust in me, saith the Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which LORD.

will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, CHAP. XL.

and summer fruits, and oil, and put them THE word which came to Jeremiah in your vessels, and dwell' in your cities adan the captain of the guard had let him "11 Likewise when all the Jews that go from Ramah, when he had taken him were in Moab, and among the Ammonites, being bound in chains among all that were and in Edom, and that were in all the carried away captive of Jerusalem and countries, heard that the king of Babylon Judah, which were carried away captive had left a remnant of Judah, and that he unto Babylon.

had set over them Gedaliah the son of 2 And the captain of the guard took Ahikam the son of Shaphan; Jeremiah, and said unto him, 'The LORD 12 Even all the Jews returned out of thy God hath pronounced this evil upon all places whither they were driven, and this place.

came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, 3 Now the Lord hath brought it, and unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and sumdone according as he hath said: because mer fruits very much. ye have sinned against the LORD, and have 13 | Moreover Johanan the son of Kanot obeyed his voice, therefore this thing reah, and all the captains of the forces that is come upon you.

were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this Mizpah, day from the chains which were upon 14 And said unto him, Dost thou certhine band. If it seem good unto thee to tainly know that Baalis the king of the come with me into Babylon, come; and I Ammonites bath sent Ishmael the son of will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah the unto thee to come with me into Babylon, son of Ahikam believed them not. forbear: behold, all the land is before 15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah thee: whither it seemeth good and conve- spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, pient for thee to go, thither go.

saying, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will 5 Now while he was not yet gone back, slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son man shall know it: wherefore should he of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the slay thee, that all the Jews which are king of Babylon hath made governor over gathered unto thee should be scattered, the cities of Judah, and dwell with him and the remnant in Judah perish? among the people: or go wheresoever it 16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So unto Johanan the son of Kareah, Thou the captain of the guard gave him victuals shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest and a reward, and let him go.

falsely of Ishmael. 6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah

CHAP. XLI. with him among the people that were left in the land.

thaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed 7 T Now when all the captains of the royal, and the princes of the king, even forces which were in the fields, even they ten men with him, cảme unto Gedaliah the and their men, heard that the king of son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of did eat bread together in Mizpah. Ahikam governor in the land, and had 2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Ne. committed unto him men, and women, and thaniah, and the ten men that were with children, and of the poor of the land, of him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahithem that were not carried away captive kam the son of Shaphan with the sword, to Babylon;

and slew him, whom the king of Babylon 8 Then they came to Gedaliah to Miz- had made governor over the land. fah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, 3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhu- Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were meth, and the sons of Ephai the Netopha- found there, and the men of war. thite, and Jezaniah the son of a Maacha. 4 And it came to pass the second day thite, they and their men.

after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man 9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the knew it, son of Shaphan sware unto them and to 5 That there came certain from Shetheir

men, saying, Fear not to serve the chemn, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve even fourscore men, having their beards

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the son of Anikam to Mizpah; and dewelt N month, that Ishmael the son of Ne

The captives are recovered. JEREMIAH. Johanan's request to Jeremiah. shaven, and their clothes rent, and having habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethcut themselves, with offerings and incense lehem, to go to enter into Egypt, in their hand, to bring them to the house of 18 Because of the Chaldeans: for they the Lord.

were afraid of them, because Ishmael the 6 And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon all along as he went: and it came to pass, made governor in the land. as he met them, he said unto them, Come

CHAP. XLII. to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.

7 And it was so, when they came into THEN all the captains of the forces, the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into people from the least even unto the greatthe midst of the pit, he, and the men that est, came near, were with him.

2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, 8 But ten men were found among them Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we accepted before thee, and pray for us unto have treasures in the field, of wheat, and the Lord thy God, even for all this remof barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he nant; (for we are left but a few of many, forbare, and slew them not among their as thine eyes do behold us :) brethren.

3 That the LORD thy God may shew us 9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast the way wherein we may walk, and the all the dead bodies of the men, whom he thing that we may do. had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Ne- unto the LORD your God according to your thaniah filled it with them that were slain. words; and it shall come to pass, that

10 Then Ishmael carried away captive whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer all the residue of the people that were in you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and all nothing back from you. the people that remained in Mizpah, whom 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had Lord be a tre and faithful witness becommitted to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: tween us, if we do not even according to and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried all things for the which the LORD thy God them away captive, and departed to go shall send thee to us. over to the Ammonites.

6 Whether it be good, or whether it be 11 | But when Johanan the son of Ka- evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD reah, and all the captains of the forces that our God, to whom we send thee; that it were with him, heard of all the evil that may be well with us, when we obey the Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, voice of the LORD our God.

12 Then they took all the men, and 7 And it came to pass after ten days, went to fight with Ishmael the son of Ne- that the word of the LORD came unto thaniah, and found him by the great waters Jeremiah. that are in Gibeon.

8 Then called he Jobanan the son of 13 Now it came to pass, that when all Kareah, and all the captains of the forces the people which were with Ishmael saw which were with him, and all the people Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the from the least even to the greatest, captains of the forces' that were with him, 9 And said unto them, Thus saith the then they were glad.

LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent 14 So all the people that Ishmael had me to presentyoursupplication before him; carried away captive from Mizpah cast 10 If ye will still abide in this land, about and returned, and went unto Joha- then will I build you, and not pull you nan the son of Kareah.

down, and I will plant you, and not pluck 15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah you up: for I repent me of the evil that I escaped from Johanan with eight men, have done unto you. and went to the Ammonites.

11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, 16 Then took Johanan the son of Ka- of whoin ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, reah, and all the captains of the forces that saith the LORD: for I am with you, to save were with him, all the remnant of the peo- you, and to deliver you from his hand. ple whom he had recovered from Ishmael 12 And I will shew 'mercies unto you, the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he may have mercy upon you, and that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahi- cause you to return to your own land. kam, even mighty men of war, and the wo 13 T But if ye say, We will not dwell men, and the children, and the eunuchs, in this land, neither obey the voice of the whom he had brought again from Gibeon: Lord your God, 17 And they departed, and dwelt in ihe 14 Saying, No; but we will go into the

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Judah's hypocrisy reproved. CHAP. XLIII, XLIV. Conquest of Egypt foretold. land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, the captains of the forces, and all the peo nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have ple, obeyed not the voice of the Lord, to hunger of bread: and there will we dwell: dwell in the land of Judah.

15 And now therefore hear the word of 5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and the LORD, ye remnant of Judah ; Thus all the captains of the forces, took all the saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; remnant of Judah, that were returned from If ye wholly set your faces to enter into all nations, whither they had been driven, Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

to dwell in the land of Judah; 16 Then it shall come to pass, that the 6 Even men, and women, and children, sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you and the king's daughters, and every perthere in the land of Egypt, and the famine, son that Nebuzar-adan the captain of the whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close guard had left with Gedaliah the son of after you there in Egypt; and there ye Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah shall die.

the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. 17 So shall it be with all the men that 7 So they came into the land of Egypt: set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: there; they shall die by the sword, by the thus came they even to Tahpanhes. famine, and by the pestilence: and none 8 | Then came the word of the LORD of them shall remain nor escape from the unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, evil that I will bring upon them.

9 Take great stones in thine hand, and 18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the hide them in the clay in the brick-kiln, God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in bath been poured forth upon the inhabit-Tahpanhes, in the sightof the men of Judah; ants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be 10 And say unto them, Thus saith the poured forth upon you, when ye shall en- Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, ter into Egypi: and ye shall be an exe- I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the cration, and an astonishment, and a curse, king of Babylon, my servant, and will set and a reproach; and ye shall see this place his throne upon these stones that I have

hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion 19 | The LORD bath said concerning over them. you, O ye remnant of Judah ;

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11 And when he cometh, he shall smite into Egypt; know certainly that I have the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are admonished you this day.

for death to death; and such as are for 20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, captivity to captivity; and such as are for when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, the sword to the sword. Baying, Pray for us unto the LORD our 12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses God; and according unto all that the LORD of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn our God shall say, so declare unto us, and them, and carry them away captives: and we will do it.

he shall array himself with the land of 21 And now I have this day declared it Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garto you; but ye have not obeyed the voice ment; and he shall go forth from thence in of the LORD your God, nor any thing for peace, the which he hath sent me unto you. 13 He shall break also the images of

22 Now therefore know certainly that Beth-shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians and by the pestilence, in the place shall he burn with fire. whither

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CHAP. XLIV.
CHAP. XLIII.

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cerning all the Jews which dwell in unto allthe people all the words of the LORD and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in their God, for which the LORD their God the country of Pathros, saying, had sent him to them, even all these words, 2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God

2. Then spake Azariah the son of Ho- of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that! shaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, the cities of Judah ; and behold, this day Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth hath not sent thee to say, Go not into therein ; Egypt to sojourn there :

3 Because of their wickedness which 3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth they have committed to provoke me to an, thee on against us, for to deliver us into ger, in that they went to burn incense, and the band of the Chaldeans, that they might to serve other gods, whom they knew not, put us to death, and carry us away captives neither they, ye, nor your fathers. into Babylon.

4 How beit, I sent unto you all my ser. 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and alllvants the prophets, rising early and send.

Nit came to pass, that when Jere- THE word that came to Jeremiah con

The desolation of Judah. JEREMIAH. The Jews are threatened ing them, saying, Oh, do not this abomina- 16 As for the word that thou hast spoken ble thing that I hate.

unto us in the name of the LORD, we will 5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined not hearken unto thee. their ear to turn from their wickedness, to 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever burn no incense unto other gods. thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to

6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger burn incense unto the queen of heaven, was poured forth, and was kindled in the and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusa- as we have done, we, and our fathers, our lem; and they are wasted and desolate, kings, and our princes, in the cities of Juas at this day.

dah, and in the streets of Jerusalem : for 7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, then had we plenty of victuals, and were the God of hosts, the God of Israel; well, and saw no evil. Wherefore commit ye thisgreatevil against 18 But since we left off to burn incense your souls, to cut off from you man and to the queen of heaven, and to pour out woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted to leave you none to remain ;

all things, and have been consumed by the · 8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with sword and by the famine. the works of your hands, burning incense 19 And when we burned incense to the unto other gods in the land of Egypt, queen of heaven, and poured out drinkwhither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might offerings unto her, did we make her cakes cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a to worship her, and pour out drink-offer. curse and a reproach among all the nations ings unto her, without our men ? of the earth?

20 | Then Jeremiah said unto all the 9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of people, to the men, and to the women, your fathers, and the wickedness of the and to all the people which had given him kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their that answer, saying, wives, and your own wickedness, and the 21 The incense that ye burned in the wickedness of your wives, which they cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jehave committed in the land of Judah, and rusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings in the streets of Jerusalem?

and your princes, and the people of the 10 They are not humbled even unto this land, did not the LORD remember them, day, neither have they feared, nor walked and came it not into his mind? in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set 22 So that the LORD could no longer before you and before your fathers. bear, because of the evil of your doings,

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord of and because of the abominations which hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will have committed; therefore is your land a set my face against you for evil, and to cut desolation, and an astonishment, and 2 off all Judah.

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without an inhabitant, as at this day, 12 And I will take the remnant of Ju 23 Because ye have burned incense, and dah, that have set their faces to go into the because ye have sinned against the LORD, land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they and have not obeyed the voice of the shall all be consumed, and fall in the land LORD,' nor walked in his law, nor in his of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore the sword and by the famine : they shall this evil is happened unto you, as at this die, from the least even unto the greatest, day. by the sword and by the famine : and they 24 Moreover, Jeremiah said unto all the shall be an execration, and an astonish- people, and to all the women, Hear the ment, and a curse, and a reproach. word of the LORD, all Judah that are in

13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt: the land of Egypt, as I have punished Je 25 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the rusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and God of Israel, saying.; Ye and your wives by the pestilence:

have both spoken with your mouths, and 14 So that none of the remnant of Ju- fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will dah, which are gone into the land of Egypt surely, perform our vows that we have to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, vowed, to burn incense to the queen of that they should return into the land of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings Judah, to the which they have a desire to unto her: ye will surely accomplish your return to dwell there: for rone shall return vows, and surely perform your vows, but such as shall escape.

26 Therefore hear ye the word of the 15 | Then all the men which knew that LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of their wives had burned incense unto other Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great gods, and all the women that stood by, a name, saith the Lord, that my name shall great multitude, even all the people that no more be named in the mouth of any dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, man of Judah in all the land of Egypi. answered Jeremiah, saying,

Isaying, The Lord God liveth.

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