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26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of 3 Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to a Mat.24.35. take Baruch the scribe and Jere- b ch.22.19,30. miah the prophet: but z the LORD hid them.

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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?

30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his b dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.


31 And I will 4 punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity and Ic 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 d hearkened


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 5 like words.

AND king Zedekiah a the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.

2 Butb neither he, nor his ser-1

4 visit upon,

c De.28.15,


d Mat.23.37.
s words as 7 Thus saith the LORD, the God
of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the
king of Judah, that sent you unto
(CHAP. 37.) me to inquire of me; Behold, Pha-
raoh's army, which is come forth
2K1.24.17. to help you, shall return to Egypt
2Ch.36.10. into their own land.
b 2Ch.36.12-

a ch.22.24.

8 And h the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

1 by the

hand of. c ch.29.25. 52.24.

d ch.2.27.


Eze. 17. 15.
ver. 11.


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5 or, slip away. 6 falsehood. 1 Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' or, a lie. certain return and victory: 16 Hem Mat.5.11, is smitten and put in prison.


n Ac.5.25,40.

Jeremiah is imprisoned.

vants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake 1 by the prophet Jeremiah.

3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the sonc of Maaseiah saving, Pray now d unto the LORD the priest to the prophet Jeremiah,

a ch.35.6.

our God for us.

4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people for they had not put him into prison. 5 Then e Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed ƒ from Jerusalem.

6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,

9 Thus saith the LORD: Deceive i not 2 yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart.

10 Fork though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but 3 wounded men among them, yet? should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

11 And it came to pass,that when the army of the Chaldeans was 4 broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,

12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to 5 separate himself thence in the midst of the people. 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.

14 Then said Jeremiah, It is 6 false, m I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote a him, and put in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

16 TWhen Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, o and into the

He is put in a dungeon. JEREMIAH, XXXVII. He confers with Zedekiah.

7 cabins, and Jeremiah had re- B. C. 599. mained there many days;

king is not he that can do any thing against you.

7 or, cells.

17 Then Zedekiah the king sent,
and took him out: and the king)
asked him secretly in his house, p ch.26.19.
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.

Pr. 17.13-

6 Then d took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of 2 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 mire.

18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have p I of- 9 ch.2.28. fended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison ?

19 Where are now your prophets 8 fall. which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not rs ch.32.2. come against you, nor against this land?


r ch.29.2,&c.


20 Therefore hear now, I pray t Ps.37.19. thee, O my lord the king: Jet my j Is.33.16. supplication, I pray thee be accepted before thee; th it thou cause u ch.38.9. me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.


21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the courts 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. u Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of 1 peace. the prison.

ch.21.1-10. c ch.26.11.


1 Jeremiah, by a false suggestion, is

put into the dungeon of Malchiah: d ch.37.21.
7 Ebed-melech getteth him some en-




THEN Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucala the son of Shelemiah, and Pashurb the son of Malchiah, heard the words that e ch.39. 16. Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,

3 will.

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 goethi forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey,

and shall live.

(CHAP. 33.) city.

a ch.37.3.

or,the king,

f ch.37.21.

4 in thine



or, princi-

2Ki. 16.18.

3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, g 2Ki.2.2. which shall take it.


27.16. Is.57.16. Zec.12.1.


Now when Ebed-melech & 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 ;)

8 Ehed-melech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, saying,

k ICh.17.24.

19 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 3 is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread ƒ in the

king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

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?

4 Therefore the princes said unto h Nu. 16.22. the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: c for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in i Ps.80.7.14. death, neither will I give thee into speaking such words unto them: the hand of these men that seek for this man seeketh not the 1 welthy life. fare of this people, but the hurt.

16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, Asq the LORD liveth, that made h us this soul, I will not put thee to


5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the

10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying. Take from hence thirty men 4 with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.

11 So Ebed-melech 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 Jeremiali.

12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine arm-holes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.

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.

11 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet, unto him into the 5 third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the

1 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of i hosts, the God of Israel; k

Jeremiah counsels the king.

If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, m then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house; 18 But if thou wilt not go forth m ch.39.3. to the king of Babylon's princes, n ver.23. then shall this city be given into ch.32.4. the hand of the Chaldeans, and 34.3. they shall burn it with fire, and o 15a.31.4. thoun shalt not escape out of their hand. P 2Ch.20.20.

Ja. 1.22.


B. C. 589.

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 o me.

20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, p I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul q shall live.

t Ps.69.2,14. u Is.42. 17. 21 But if thou refuser to go forth,: this is the word that the LORD hath v ch.39.6. showed me:


24 T Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.

7 ver.2.

2Ki 24.12.

22 And, behold, all the women w ch.52.8-13. that are left in the king of Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those shall say, women 6 Thy friends s have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, t and they are turned u away back.


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 shall be w taken by the hand of the king of Babylon and thou shalt 7 cause this city to be burned with fire.

q Is.55.3.
r Pr. 1.30,31,
Is. 1.19,20.
6 The men of
thy peace.

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burn. x ch.37.15,20. were silent from.



(CHAP. 39.) a ch.52.4,&c. 2Ki.25.1, &c. b ver. 13. ch.38.17. c ch.32.4. 38.18,23. d La. 1.3. 1 spake with him judg



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:

26 Then thou shalt say unto them, f La.2.2.

I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, x to die there.

3 chief of the executioners, or, slaughter-men,or, chief mar

shal; and so ver. 10,11. Ge.37.36.

in that day.


ch.52.11. Eze. 12. 13. two brazen chains, or, fetters.


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.

6 set thine

28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until y the day that eyes upon. Jerusalem was taken: and he was g Ps. 105.15. there when Jerusalem was taken.

5 by the

Jerusalem is taken.

1 Jerusalem is taken. 7 Zedekiah is made blind and sent to Babylon. 9 The people carried away captive.

the a 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.

2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.

3 And all the princes 3 of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal sharezer, Rab-mag. with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.

4 T 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 plain.

sued after them, and overtook d 5 But c the Chaldeans' army purZedekiah 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.

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 of Judah.

hand of.

7 Moreover e he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with 2 chains, to carry him to Babylon. 8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses f of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.

9 Then Nebuzar-adan, the 3 captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remuant 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.

10 But Nebuzar-adan 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 4 at the same time. 11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning captain of the guard, saying, Jeremiah 5 to Nebuzar-adan the

12 Take him, and 6 look well to him, and do him no harm; g but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushas

Jeremiah's preservation.

JEREMIAH, XL. ban, Rab-saris, h and Nergal-sha-| B. C. 589. rezer, Rab-mag, and all the king of Babylon's princes;

h ver.3.

14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court i of the pri-i ch.38.28. son, and committed him uuto Gedaliahk the son of Ahikam the k ch.40.5. son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people.

1 ch.26.24.

m ch.38.7, 12.

6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land. 7 Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the

15 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah while he was

n Da.9.12.

shut up in the court of the prison, o Job 5.19-21. 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 com-
mitted unto him men, and women,
and children, and of the poor g of
the land, of them that were not
carried away captive to Babylon;
8 Then they came to Gedaliah to
Mizpah, even Ishmael h the son of
nathan the sons of Kareah, and Se-
Nethaniah, and Johanan i and Jo-
raiah the son of Tanhumeth, and
the sons of Ephai the Netophath-
ite, k and Jezaniah the son of a
Maachathite, 7 they and their men.

b ch.50.7.

9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahic De.29.24,25. kam, the son of Shaphan, sware Ne.9.28,33. unto them, and to their men, sayDa.9.11. ing, Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.


16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech m the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith. the LORD of hosts, the God of Is-p 2Sa.24. 14. rael; Behold, I will n bring my words upon this city for evil, and q ch.21.9. not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.


17 But I will deliver thee in that o day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of

the men p of whom thou art afraid. 18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life q shall be for a prey unto thee: because r thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD. CHAPTER XL.

1 Jeremiah, being set free by Nebuzar-adan, goeth to Gedaliah: 7 The Jews repair to him. 15 Ishmael's conspiracy.

HE word that came to Jeremiah


r 1Ch.5.20.

Ps.37.39,40. (CHAP. 40.)

a ch.39.14.

1 manacles.

2 or, are.

d ch.39.12.


10 As for me, behold, I will dwell buzar-adan the captain of the guard 3 set mine eye deans, which will come unto us at Mizpah, to 4 serve the Chalhad let hima go from Ramah, when he had taken him, being bound in 1 chains among all that e ch.41.2. were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive into Babylon.

but ye, gather m ye wine, and summer-fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

f Ju.20.1. 2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and b said unto him, g ch.39.10. The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.


11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, n and among the Ammonites, o 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

3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: c because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.

the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan;

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 summerfruits very much.

4 And now behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which 2 were upon thine hand. If d it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will! m ch.39.10. 3 look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into n Is. 16.4. Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it o Ezr.25.2. seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,

p ch.41.10.

5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to e Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan whom the king of Ba

h ch.41.1,&c.


k Ezr.2.22.

1 Jos. 12.5.

stand be-

De. 1.38.

strike thee

in soul.

The Jews repair to him.

bylon 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.

14 And said unto himi, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites hath sent p lshmael the son of Nethaniah to 5 slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.

15 Then Johanan the son of Ka

Ishmael killeth Gedaliah.

JERE. LIAH, XLI, XLII. reah, spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah B. C. 588. secretly, saying, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man (CHAP. 41.) shall know it: wherefore should he slay thee, that all the Jews which are gathered unto thee a ch.40.6,8. should be scattered, and the remnant in Judah perish?


16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam b 1Sa.27.11. said unto Johanan the son of Kareah. Thou shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael. CHAPTER XLI. Ishmael treacherously killeth Gedaliah and others.

c Le. 19.27,28.
De. 14. 1.
Is. 15.2.

seventh month, that Ishmael ad 1S3.1.7. the son of Nethaniah, the son of 2Ki.25.9. Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah.

2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews) that were with him, even with Ge-1 daliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the men of war.

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9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the

Job 2.4.
Pr. 13.8.

by the hand
of, or, side
of; or,near.

4 And it came to pass the second day after he had stain Gedaliah, and and no man knew b it,


5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, hav- 2Ch.16.6. ing their beards shaven, c and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings d and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD.

h ch.43.6.

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16 Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, i Ne.2. 10, 19. after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon:


8 But ten men were found among n ch.40.5. them that said unto Ishmael, Slay for we have treasures e in

us not

the field, of wheat, and of barley, (CHAP. 42.)
and of oil, and of honey. So he for-
bare, and slew them not among
their brethren.

a ch.40.8.

The captives recovered. men, (whom he had slain 2 because of Gedaliah.) was it which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain.

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

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

12 Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethamah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon.

13 Now it came to pass, that when all the people which were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad.

14 So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johanan the son of Kareah.

15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the Ammonites.

17 And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, m which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

18 Because of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom n the king of Babylon made governor in the land.


1 Johanan desireth Jeremiah to in-
quire of God, promising obedience.
7 Jeremiah's answer, etc.
THEN all the captains a of the
forces, and Johanan the son of

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