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Jeremiah's prophecies burnt. JEREMIAH. Siege of the Chaldeans raised and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah to sit upon the throne of David: and his took the roll in his hand, and came unto them. dead body shall be cast out in the day to

15 And they said unto him, Sit down the heat, and in the night to the frost. now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch 31 And I will punish him and his seed read it in their ears.

and his servants for their iniquity; and I 16 Now it came to pass, when they had will bring upon them, and upon the inha. heard all the words, they were afraid both bitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of one and other, and said unto Baruch, We Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced will surely tell the king of all these words. against them; but they hearkened not.

17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell 32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, us now, How didst thou write all these and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son words at his mouth?

of Neriah; who wrote therein from the 18 Then Baruch answered them, He mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the pronounced all these words unto me with book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the burned in the fire: and there were added book.

besides unto them many like words. 19 Then said the princes unto Baruch,

CHAP. XXXVII. Go hide thee, thou and Jeremiah ; and let A reigned instead of Coniah the son of no man know where ye be.

20 | And they went in to the king into Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of the court, but they laid up the roll in the Babylon made king in the land of Judab. chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told 2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor all the words in the ears of the king. the people of the land, did hearken unto

21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the the words of the LORD, which he spake by roll: and he took it out of Elishama the the propbet Jeremiah. scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in 3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the the princes which stood beside the king. son of Maaseiab the priest to the prophet

22 Now the king sat in the winter-house Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD in the ninth month: and there was a fire our God for us. on the hearth burning before him.

4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out 23 And it came to pass, that when Je- among the people: for they had not put hudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it him into prison. with the penknife, and cast it into the fire 5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth that was on the hearth, until all the roll was out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans consumed in the fire that was on the hearth, that besieged Jerusalem beard tidings of

24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent them, they departed from Jerusalem. their garments, neither the king, nor any 6 | Then came the word of the LORD of his servants that heard all these words. unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,

25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delajah 7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; and Gemariah bad made intercession to the Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, king that he would not burn the roll: but that sent you unto me to inquire of me; he would not hear them.

Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come 26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel forth to help you, shall return to Egypt the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son into their own land. of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Ab. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, deel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jere- and fight against this city, and take it, and mjah the prophet: but the Lord hid them. burn it with fire.

27 | Then the word of the Lord came 9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall the roll, and the words which Baruch surely depart from us : for they shall not wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, depart.

28 Take thee again another roll, and io For though ye had smitten the whole write in it all the former words that were army of the Chaldeans that fight against in the first roll, which Jehoiakim king of you, and there remained but wounded Judah hath burned.

men among them, yet should they rise up 29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king every man in his tent, and bum this city of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast with fire. burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou 11 | And it came to pass, that when written therein, saying, The king of Ba- the army of the Chaldeans was broken up bylon shall certainly come and destroy from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army, this land, and shall cause to cease from 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of thence man and beast?

Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, 30 Therefore thus saith the Lord of Je- to separate himself thence in the midst of boiakim king of Judah ; He shall have none the people.

Jeremiah is imprisoned: CHAP. XXXVIII.

His enlargement. 13 And when he was in the gate of Ben- this man seeketh not the welfare of this jamin, a captain of the ward was there, people, but the hurt. whose name was Irijah, the son of Shele-l 5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, miah, the son of Hananiah; and he took he is in your hand : for the king is not he Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest that can do any thing against you. away to the Chaldeans.

6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast 14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false ; I him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he of Hammelech, that was in the court of the hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jere- prison: and they let down Jeremiah with miah, and brought him to the princes. cords. And in the dungeon there was no

15 Wherefore the princes were wroth water, but mire : so Jeremiah sunk in the with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put mire. him in prison in the house of Jonathan the 7 | Now when Ebed-melech the Ethi scribe : for they had made that the prison. opian, one of the eunuchs which was in

16 T When Jeremiah was entered into the king's house, heard that they had put the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jere- Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then miah had remained there many days; sitting in the gate of Benjamin;

17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and 8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the took him out: and the king asked him king's house, and spake to the king, saying, secretly in his house, and said, Is there any 9 My lord the king, these men have word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, done evil in all that they have done to JeThere is : for, said he, thou shalt be de-remiah the prophet, whom they have cast livered into the hand of the king of Babylon. into the dungeon; and he is like to die for

18 Moreover, Jeremiah said unto king hunger in the place where he is : for there Zedekiah, What have I offended against is no more bread in the city. thee, or against thy servants, or against this 10 Then the king commanded Ebed. people, that ye have put me in prison? melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from

19 Where are now your prophets which hence thirty men with thee, and take up prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, Babylon shall not come against you, nor before he die. against this land?

11 So Ebed-melech took the men with 20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O him, and went into the house of the king my lord the king : let my supplication, 1 under the treasury, and took thence old pray thee, be accepted before thee ; that cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them thou cause me not to return to the house of down by cords into the dungeon to JereJonathan the scribe, lest I die there. miah.

21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded 12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said that they should commit Jeremiah into the unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast court of the prison, and that they should clouts and rotten rags underthine arm-holes give him daily a piece of bread out of the under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. bakers' street, until all the bread in the 13 So they drew up Jeremiah with city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: in the court of the prison.

and Jeremiah remained in the court of the CHAP. XXXVIII.

prison. Shephatiah the son of Mattan,

sent, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the the third entry that is in the house of the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jere- LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I miah had spoken unto all the people, will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me. saying,

15 Then Jeremiah said imto Zedekiah, 2 Thus saith the Lord, He that re- if I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not maineth in this city shall die by the sword, surely put me to death ? and if I give thee by the famine, and by the pestilence : but counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me? he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall 16_So Zedekiah the king sware secretly live; for he shall have his life for a prey, unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord livetli, and shall live.

that made us this soul, I will not put thee 3. Thus saith the LORD, This city shall to death, neither will I give thee into the surely be given into the hand of the king of hand of these men that seek thy life. Babylon's army, which shall take it. 17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah,

4 Therefore the princes said unto the Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, king, We beseech thee, let this man be the God of Israel.; If thou wilt assuredly put to death : for thus he weakeneth the go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes; hands of the men of war that remain in then thy soul shall live, and this city shall this city, and the hands of all the people, not be burned with fire ; and thou shalt in speaking such words unto them: for live, and thy house :

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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 T 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 plains 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 hegavejudgment 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 nobrought 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 bave 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 T Ånd 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 Baby. of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city lon the remnant of the people that remainto be burned with fire.

ed in the city, and those that fell away, 24 ( 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 oi 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, I 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 bim 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 commit28 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 speak to Ehed-melech the chadrezzarking of Babylon and all his army 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

in that day before thee. 3 And all ihe princes or the king of 17 But I will deliver thee in that day, Babylon came in, and sat in the middle saith the LORD: and thou stialt not be gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, given into the hand of the men of whom Sarsechim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sbarezer, thou art atraid.

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Jeremiah goes to Gedaliah. CHAP. XL, XLI. Ishmael Wills 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 thy trust in me, saith the Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which LORD.

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

and suminer fruits, and oil, and put thein VHE 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 Ka. not 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 certhy hand. If it seem good unto thee to tainly know that Baalis the king of the come with me into Babylon, come; and I Ammonites hath 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 Tben Johanan the son of Kareah thee: whither it seemeth good and conve- spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, nient 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 Abikam 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.

it came with him among the people that were left in the land.

thaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed 7 1 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, came 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. pah, 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 ineth, 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 chem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve even fourscore men, having their beards 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.

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THEN all the captains of the forces, 7 And it was so, when they came into and Johanan the son of Kareab, and the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son Jezaniab 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 6lled it with them that were slain. words; and it shall come to pass, that

10 Then Ishmael carried away captive whatsoever thing the LORD sball answer all the residue of the people that were in you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep Mizpab, 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 true and faithful witness becommitted to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam:Itween 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 T But when Johanan the son of Ka- evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD reah, and all the captains of tho 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 present yoursupplication before him; carried away captive from Mizpah cast 10 If ye will still abide in this land, about and returneil, and went unto Joha- then will I build you, and not pull you nan the son of hareab.

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, 15 Then took Johanan the son of Ka- of whom ye are afraid ; be not afraid of him, reah, and all the captains of the forces that saith the LORD: for lam 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 bad brought again from Gibeon: LORD your God, 17 And they departed, and dwelt in the 14 Saying, No; but we will go into the

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