Jeremiah 40 ©

1 Jeremiah, being set at liberty by Nebuzar-adan, goeth to Gedaliah. 7 The dispersed Jews resort to Gedaliah. 13 Johanan revealing Ishmael's conspiracy is not believed.


THE aword that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that bNebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had let him go from cRamah, when he had taken him being bound in 1chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.


And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, dThe LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.


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


And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which 2were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and 3I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, fall the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and *convenient for thee to go, thither go.


Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to gGedaliah 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 hgo wheresoever it seemeth *convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard igave him *victuals and a reward, and let him go.


Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to jMizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.


¶Now when all kthe 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 lpoor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon;


Then they came to Gedaliah to mMizpah, neven Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and oJohanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the pNetophathite, and Jezaniah the son of a qMaachathite, they and their men.


And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan rsware unto them and to their men, saying, sFear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.


As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah 4to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, tgather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.


Likewise when all the Jews uthat 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;


Even vall 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.


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

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And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites xhath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah 5to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.


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 Judah perish?


But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah, yThou shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael.