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CHAP. XXXVI. Jeremiah's prophecy written. dah, and against all the nations, from the neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor unto thee against Israel, and against Ju10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have day I spake unto thee, from the days of obeyed, and done according to all that Josiah, even unto this day. Jonadab our father commanded us.

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.

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.


4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the 12 T Then came the word of the LORD mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, unto Jeremiah, saying,

5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, dah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will saying, I am shut up, I cannot go into the 6 Therefore go thou and read in the roll, ye not receive instruction to hearken to house of the LORD: my words? saith the LORD. 14 The words of Jonadab the son of Re- which thou hast written from my mouth, chab, that he commanded his sons not to the words of the LORD in the ears of the drink wine, are performed; for unto this people in the LORD's house upon the fastday they drink none, but obey their fa- ing day: and also thou shalt read them in ther's commandment: notwithstanding I the ears of all Judah that come out of their have spoken unto you, rising early and cities. speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.

13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the upon a roll of a book. God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Ju

7 It may be they will present their sup15 I have sent also unto you all my ser- plication before the LORD, and will return vants the prophets, rising up early and every one from his evil way: for great is sending them, saying, Return ye now the anger and the fury that the LORD bath 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did acevery man from his evil way, and amend pronounced against this people. your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land cording to all that Jeremiah the prophet year which I have given to you and to your commanded him, reading in the book the 9 And it came to pass in the fifth fathers: but ye have not inclined your words of the LORD in the LORD's house. ear, nor hearkened unto me. 16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Juof Rechab have performed the command- dah, in the ninth month, that they proment of their father, which he command- claimed a fast before the LORD to all the that came from the cities of Judah unto ed them; but this people hath not heark-people in Jerusalem, and to all the people ened unto me: Jerusalem.

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 11 ¶ When Michaiah the son of GemaLORD's house, in the ears of all the people. 18 And Jeremiah said unto the house riah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of 12 Then he went down into the king's of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of the book all the words of the LORD, hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab house, into the scribe's chamber: and lo, your father, and kept all his precepts, and all the princes sat there, even Elishama done according unto all that he hath com- the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, manded you: 19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the of Rechab shall not want a man to stand princes. before me for ever.

13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Ba

14 Therefore all the princes sent JeAND it came to pass in the fourth year ruch read the book in the ears of the people. of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jere-hudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, miah from the LORD, saying, 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write saying, Take in thy hand the roll wheretherein all the words that I have spoken in thou hast read in the ears of the people,



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 inhaheard 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 there in 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,

Go hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let

no man know where ye be.

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.


reigned instead of Coniah the son of ND king Zedekiah the son of Josiah

Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor 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 prophet 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 Maaseiah 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 heard 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 Delaiah 7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; and Gemariah had 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 miah 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 10 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 men among them, yet should they rise up 29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king every man in his tent, and burn this city of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast with fire.

Judah hath burned.

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

thence man and beast?

Jeremiah is imprisoned:


His enlargement.

13 And when he was in the gate of Ben- this man seeketh not the welfare of this 5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, jamin, a captain of the ward was there, people, but the hurt. whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, 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. 6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast away to the Chaldeans.

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 cords. And in the dungeon there was no miah, and brought him to the princes. 15 Wherefore the princes were wroth water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the 7 ¶ Now when Ebed-melech the Ethi with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put mire. him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. opian, one of the eunuchs which was in 16 ¶ 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 sitting in the gate of Benjamin; miah had remained there many days;

8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the 17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out and the king asked him king's house, and spake to the king, saying, 9 My lord the king, these men have secretly in his house, and said, Is there any 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 people, that ye have put me in prison?

10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech 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, 11 So Ebed-melech took the men with Babylon shall not come against you, nor before he die. against this land?

20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O him, and went into the house of the king my lord the king: let my supplication, I 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.


12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said 21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded 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 city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.


13 So they drew up Jeremiah with and Jeremiah remained in the court of the cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: prison.

14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and

HEN Shephatiah the son of Mattan,
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
15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah,
miah had spoken unto all the people, will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

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
16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly
by the famine, and by the pestilence: but counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall
live; for he shall have his life for a prey, unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth,
that made us this soul, I will not put thee
and shall live.
3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall to death, neither will I give thee into the
17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah,
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.

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 Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.

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 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 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.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me: 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 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, friends have set thee on, and have prevail- and bound him with chains, to carry him ed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the to Babylon.

mire, and they are turned away back. 8 ¶ And the Chaldeans burned the king's 23 So they shall bring out all thy wives house, and the houses of the people, with and thy children to the Chaldeans: and fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. thou shalt not escape out of their hand, 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of but shalt be taken by the hand of the king the guard carried away captive into Babyof Babylon and thou shalt cause this city lon the remnant of the people that 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 of death; also what the king said unto Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah 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 him no harm; but do unto him even as Jonathan's house, to die there. he shall say unto thee. 27 Then came all the princes unto Je- 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the remiah, and asked him: and he told them guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rab-saris, according to all these words that the king and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the had commanded. So they left off speak- king of Babylon's princes; ing with him; for the matter was not per- 14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah ceived. out of the court of the prison, and 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 T Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the 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 Ebed-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 up. in that day before thee.



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

Jeremiah goes to Gedaliah.


Ishmael hills Gedaliah.

18 For I will surely deliver thee, and the king of Babylon, and it shall be well 10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy with you. life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them LORD. HE word which came to Jeremiah in your vessels, and dwell in your cities The Word car that Nebuzar- that ye have taken.


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 had set over them Gedaliah the son of Judah, which were carried away captive had left a remnant of Judah, and that he unto Babylon.

12 Even all the Jews returned out of 2 And the captain of the guard took Ahikam the son of Shaphan; Jeremiah, and said unto him, The LORD came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, thy God hath pronounced this evil upon all places whither they were driven, and this place. 3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and sum13 Moreover,Johanan the son of Kadone according as he hath said: because mer fruits very much. ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing reah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to is come upon you. Mizpah,

14 And said unto him, Dost thou cer4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thy 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 thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

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

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.


CHAP. XLI. TOW it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed 7 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 Necommitted 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, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon to Babylon; 8 Then they came to Gedaliah to Miz- had made governor over the land. 3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that pah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, 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 Maachathite, they and their men.

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

9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the knew it, 5 That there came certain from Sheson of Shaphan sware unto them and to their 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


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