29:1 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the
prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders
which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to
the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had
carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
29:2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs,
the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and
the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)
29:3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son
of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that
are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried
away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat
the fruit of them;
29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives
for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they
may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there,
and not diminished.
29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be
carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in
the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not
your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you,
deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to
29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent
them, saith the LORD.
29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be
accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good
word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me,
and I will hearken unto you.
29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart.
29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn
away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the
nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you,
saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place
whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
29:15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in
29:16 Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon
the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in
this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with
you into captivity;
29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them
the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them
like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and
with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to
all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an
astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the
nations whither I have driven them:
29:19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the
which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up
early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.
29:20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the
captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
29:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the
son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which
prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver
them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he
shall slay them before your eyes;
29:22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of
Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like
Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in
29:23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have
committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have
spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded
them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD.
29:24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
29:25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying,
Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people
that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah
the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
29:26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the
priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD,
for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that
thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
29:27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth,
which maketh himself a prophet to you?
29:28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This
captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and
plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
29:29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of
Jeremiah the prophet.
29:30 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
29:31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the
LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath
prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to
trust in a lie:
29:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah
the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell
among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I
will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught
rebellion against the LORD.
30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all
the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring
again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave
to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
30:4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel
and concerning Judah.
30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling,
of fear, and not of peace.
30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child?
wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a
woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is
even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of
30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the
hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will
burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves
30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king,
whom I will raise up unto them.
30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the
neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from
afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob
shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none
shall make him afraid.
30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I
make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee,
yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct
thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether
30:12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy
wound is grievous.
30:13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound
up: thou hast no healing medicines.
30:14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I
have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the
chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine
iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable
for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were
increased, I have done these things unto thee.
30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all
thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey
upon thee will I give for a prey.
30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of
thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an
Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
30:18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity
of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and
the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace
shall remain after the manner thereof.
30:19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of
them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall
not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be
30:20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their
congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish
all that oppress them.
30:21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor
shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to
draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that
engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
30:22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a
continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of
30:24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he hath
done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall consider it.
31:1 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the
families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword
found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to
cause him to rest.
31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
31:4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of
Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and
shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
31:5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the
planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.
31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount
Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.
31:7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and
shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye,
and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather
them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and
the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with
child together: a great company shall return thither.
31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I
lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters
in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a
father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the
isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather
him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
31:11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the
hand of him that was stronger than he.
31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and
shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and
of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at all.
31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and
old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and
will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and
my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation,
and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to
be comforted for her children, because they were not.
31:16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine
eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
31:17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy
children shall come again to their own border.
31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast
chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed
to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art
the LORD my God.
31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I
was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea,
even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I
spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still:
therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have
mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
31:21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart
toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn
again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.
31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for
the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall
compass a man.
31:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they
shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities
thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.
31:24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities
thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with
31:25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished
every sorrowful soul.
31:26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto
31:27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the
house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man,
and with the seed of beast.
31:28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over
them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and
to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to
build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a
sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that
eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of
the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I
was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law
in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will
be their God, and they shall be my people.
31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall
all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,
saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.
31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day,
and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by
night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the
then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation
before me for ever.
31:37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the
foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also
cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,
saith the LORD.
31:38 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be
built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of
31:39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon
the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.
31:40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and
all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of
the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD;
it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year
of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of
32:2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and
Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison,
which was in the king of Judah's house.
32:3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore
dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I
will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and
he shall take it;
32:4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of
the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of
the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth,
and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
32:5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be
until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the
Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
32:6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come
unto thee saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for
the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
32:8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the
prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me,
Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in
the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is
thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I
knew that this was the word of the LORD.
32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in
Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of
32:10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took
witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.
32:11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was
sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was
32:12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of
Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine
uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that
subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that
sat in the court of the prison.
32:13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
32:14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these
evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is
sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an
earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
32:15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses
and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this
32:16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto
Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,
32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth
by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing
too hard for thee:
32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest
the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children
after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is
32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open
upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one
according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
32:20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even
unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast
made thee a name, as at this day;
32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of
Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand,
and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
32:22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their
fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy
voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of
all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast
caused all this evil to come upon them:
32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and
the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight
against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of
the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass;
and, behold, thou seest it.
32:25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for
money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand
of the Chaldeans.
32:26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any
thing too hard for me?
32:28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city
into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it:
32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come
and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon
whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured
out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.
32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only
done evil before me from their youth: for the children of
Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their
hands, saith the LORD.
32:31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger
and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this
day; that I should remove it from before my face,
32:32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the
children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to
anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and
their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of
32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face:
though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet
they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called
by my name, to defile it.
32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the
valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their
daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I
commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they
should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
32:36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel,
concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered
into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the
famine, and by the pestilence;
32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I
have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great
wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will
cause them to dwell safely:
32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may
fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children
32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will
not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my
fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will
plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with
my whole soul.
32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great
evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good
that I have promised them.
32:43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is
desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of
32:44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and
seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in
the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in
the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley,
and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their
captivity to return, saith the LORD.
33:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second
time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison,
33:2 Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed
it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;
33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and
mighty things, which thou knowest not.
33:4 For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the
houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of
Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;
33:5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them
with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger
and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my
face from this city.
33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them,
and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
33:7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of
Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
33:8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they
have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their
iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have
transgressed against me.
33:9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour
before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the
good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for
all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure
33:10 Thus saith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place,
which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast,
even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,
that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and
33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the
bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that
shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for
his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the
sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will
cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first,
saith the LORD.
33:12 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which is
desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities
thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their
flocks to lie down.
33:13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and
in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and
in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah,
shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that
telleth them, saith the LORD.
33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform
that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel
and to the house of Judah.
33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of
righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute
judgment and righteousness in the land.
33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell
safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called,
The LORD our righteousness.
33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit
upon the throne of the house of Israel;
33:18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to
offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do
33:19 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,
33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day,
and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day
and night in their season;
33:21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant,
that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and
with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of
the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my
servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
33:23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
33:24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The
two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast
them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should
be no more a nation before them.
33:25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night,
and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and
33:26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant,
so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the
seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their
captivity to return, and have mercy on them.
34:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the
kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people,
fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof,
34:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Go and speak to
Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of
Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire:
34:3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be
taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall
behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak
with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.
34:4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus
saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword:
34:5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy
fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall
they burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying,
Ah lord! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD.
34:6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah
king of Judah in Jerusalem,
34:7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and
against all the cities of Judah that were left, against
Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities
remained of the cities of Judah.
34:8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the
that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people
which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
34:9 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his
maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that
none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his
34:10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had
entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his
manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none
should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed,
and let them go.
34:11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the
handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought
them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.
34:12 Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the
34:13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with
your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying,
34:14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an
Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath
served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee:
but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their
34:15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in
proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had
made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my
34:16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his
servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at
liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into
subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
34:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto me,
in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every
man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you,
saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the
famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the
kingdoms of the earth.
34:18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant,
which have not performed the words of the covenant which they
had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and
passed between the parts thereof,
34:19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the
eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land,
which passed between the parts of the calf;
34:20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into
the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies
shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the
beasts of the earth.
34:21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into
the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek
their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army,
which are gone up from you.
34:22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to
return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take
it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah
a desolation without an inhabitant.
35:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of
Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
35:2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and
bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the
chambers, and give them wine to drink.
35:3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of
Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole
house of the Rechabites;
35:4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the
chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of
God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above
the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the
35:5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots
full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
35:6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of
Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no
wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
35:7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant
vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in
tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be
35:8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our
father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all
our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
35:9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we
vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
35:10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done
according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
35:11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came
up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to
Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear
of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
35:12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
35:13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell
the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not
receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his
sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they
drink none, but obey their father's commandment:
notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and
speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising
up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man
from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after
other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which
I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not
inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed
the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but
this people hath not hearkened unto me:
35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants
of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them:
because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and
I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
35:18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed
the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his
precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded
35:19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before
me for ever.
36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of
Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from
the LORD, saying,
36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words
that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against
Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto
thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which
I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from
his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
36:4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch
wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD,
which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
36:5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot
go into the house of the LORD:
36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast
written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of
the people in the LORD's house upon the fasting day: and also
thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of
36:7 It may be they will present their supplication before the
LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great
is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced
against this people.
36:8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that
Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the
words of the LORD in the LORD's house.
36:9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of
Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed
a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to
all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto
36:10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the
house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of
Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the
new gate of the LORD's house, in the ears of all the people.
36:11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had
heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
36:12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's
chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the
scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son
of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the
son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
36:13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had
heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
36:14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah,
the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying,
Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears
of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the
roll in his hand, and came unto them.
36:15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears.
So Baruch read it in their ears.
36:16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they
were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will
surely tell the king of all these words.
36:17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou
write all these words at his mouth?
36:18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto
me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
36:19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and
Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
36:20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up
the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all
the words in the ears of the king.
36:21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out
of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the
ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which
stood beside the king.
36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and
there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
36:23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four
leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire
that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the
fire that was on the hearth.
36:24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the
king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
36:25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made
intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but
he would not hear them.
36:26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and
Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to
take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.
36:27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the
king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at
the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
36:28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former
words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of
Judah hath burned.
36:29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the
LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou
written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly
come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from
thence man and beast?
36:30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He
shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead
body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the
night to the frost.
36:31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their
iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I
have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
36:32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the
scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of
Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of
Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides
unto them many like words.
37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah
the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made
king in the land of Judah.
37:2 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
37:3 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 LORD our God for us.
37:4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they
had not put him into prison.
37:5 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.
37:6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah
37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to
the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me;
Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall
return to Egypt into their own land.
37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this
city, and take it, and burn it with fire.
37:9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The
Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not
37:10 For though ye 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.
37:11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was
broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
37:12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land
of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the
37:13 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.
37:14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the
Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took
Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.
37:15 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 that the prison.
37:16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the
cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king
asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word
from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou
shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I
offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against
this people, that ye have put me in prison?
37:19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying,
The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against
37:20 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.
37:21 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 bakers' street,
until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah
remained in the court of the prison.
38:1 Then 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,
38:2 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.
38:3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the
hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.
38:4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let
this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands 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.
38:5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for
the king is not he that can do any thing against you.
38:6 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
dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the
38:7 Now when Ebedmelech 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;
38:8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to
the king saying,
38:9 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.
38:10 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.
38:11 So Ebedmelech 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.
38:12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these
old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the
cords. And Jeremiah did so.
38:13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of
the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
38:14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet
unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a
thing; hide nothing from me.
38:15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee,
wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee
counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
38:16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As
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.
38:17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the
LORD, 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:
38:18 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.
38:19 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.
38:20 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.
38:21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the
LORD hath shewed me:
38:22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of
Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon'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.
38:23 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.
38:24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these
words, and thou shalt not die.
38:25 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:
38:26 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.
38:27 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.
38:28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day
that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was
39:1 In 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.
39:2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the
ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.
39:3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in
the middle gate, even Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim,
Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of the
princes of the king of Babylon.
39:4 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 of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by
the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the
39:5 But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook
Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken
him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to
Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.
39:6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah
before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles
39:7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with
chains, to carry him to Babylon.
39:8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of
the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.
39:9 Then Nebuzaradan 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.
39:10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of
the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave
them vineyards and fields at the same time.
39:11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning
Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
39:12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do
unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
39:13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban,
Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of
39:14 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 carry him home: so he dwelt
among the people.
39:15 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut
up in the court of the prison, saying,
39:16 Go and speak to Ebedmelech 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 accomplished in that day before thee.
39:17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou
shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art
39:18 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.
40:1 The word that came to Jeremiah 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.
40:2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him,
The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.
40:3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath
said: because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not
obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
40:4 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 seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear:
behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good
and convenient for thee to go, thither go.
40:5 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
convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave
him victuals and a reward, and let him go.
40:6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah;
and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the
40:7 Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the
fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of
Babylon had made Gedaliah 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;
40:8 Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of
Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and
Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the
Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and
40:9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware unto
them and to their men, saying, Fear not to serve the
Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon,
and it shall be well with you.
40:10 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.
40:11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the
Ammonites, and in Edom, and that were 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;
40:12 Even 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.
40:13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of
the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to
40:14 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? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them
40:15 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
40:16 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.