Page images
PDF
EPUB

Zedekiah is sent to Babylon.

CHAP. XL. Jeremiah goeth to Gedaliah. 623 4 F And it came to pass, that when || 18 For I will surely deliver thee, and Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, i thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy and all the men of war, then they fled, life shall be for a prey unto thee; because and went forth out of the city by niglit, thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the by the way of the king's garden, by the LORD. gate betwixt the two walls: and he went

CHAP. XL. out the way of the plain.

1 Jeremiahbeing set freeby. Nebuzar-adan 5 But the Chaldeans army pursued af. goeth io Gedaliah. 7 The dispersed Jews ter them, and overtook Zedekian in the repair to him. 13 Ishmael's consfiracy.. plains of Jericho : and when they had

TH

HE word which came to Jeremiah taken him, they brought him up to Nel- from the Lord, after that Nebuzaruchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah adan the captain of the guard had let him in the land of Hamath, where he gave go from Ramall, when he had taken him judgment upon him.

being bound in chains among all that 6 Then the king of Babylon slew the were carried away captive of Jerusalem sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his and Judah, which were carried away capeyes : also the king of Babylon slew all tive unto Babylon. the nobles of Judah.

2 And the captain of the guard took 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's Jeremiah, and said unto him, The LORD eyes, and bound him with chains, to thy God hath proncunced this evil upon carry him to Babylon.

this place. 8 And the Chaldeans burned the Now the Lord hath brought it, and king's house, and the houses of the peo- done according as he hath said: because ple, with fire, and brake down the walls ye have sinned against the LORD, and of Jerusalem.

have not obeyed his voice, therefore this 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain thing is come upon you. of the guard carried away captive into 4 And no:v, behold, I loose thee this Babylon the remnant of the people that day from the chains which were upon remained in the city, and those that fell thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to away, that fell to him, with the rest of come with me into Babylon, come ; and the people that remained.

I will look well unto thee : but if it seem 10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of ill unto thee to come with me into Babythe guard left of the poor of the people, lon, forbear : behold, all the land is bewhich had nothing, in the land of Judah, | fore thee: whither it seemeth good and and gave them vineyards and fields at the convenient for thee to go, thither go. same time.

5 Now while he was not yet gone back, 11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Bab- he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son ylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, | king of Babylon hath made governor saying,

over the cities of Judah, and dwell with 12 Take him, and look well to him, him among the people : or go wheresoand do him no harm ; but do unto him ever it seemeth convenient unto thec to even as he shall say unto thee,

go. So the captain of the guard gave him 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the victuals and a reward, and let him go. guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rab-saris, 6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the son of Ahikam to Mizpah ; and dwelt the king of Babylon's princes ;

with him among the people that were 14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah | left in the land. out of the court of the prison, anel com- 7 Now when all the captains of the mitted him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahi- || forces which were in the fields, even they kam the son of Shaphan, that he should and their men, heard that the king of carry bim home : so he dwelt among Babylon had made Gedaliath the son of the people.

Ahikam governor in the land, and had 15 Now the word of the LORD came | committed unto him men, and women, unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in and children, and of the poor of the land, the court of the prison, saying,

of them that were not carried away cap16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech the tive to Babylon ; Ethiopian, saying, Tbus saith the LORD 8 Then they came to Gedaijih to Mizof hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will pah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, bring my words upon this city for evil, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of and not for good; and they shall be ac- Kareah, and Seraish the son of Tanhucomplished in that day before thee. men, and the son of Ephaithe Netoph

17 But I will deliver thee in that day, I achite, and Jezani h the son of a Maachasaith the LORD: and thou shalt not be thire, they and their men. given into the hand of the men of whom 9 An Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son thou art afraid.

of Shaphan sware unto them and to their 624 Ishmael killeth Gedaliah. JEREMIAH. The captives recovered. men, saying, Fear not to serve the Chal- 5 That there came certain from Shedeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king chem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. even fourscore men, having their beards

10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at shaven, and their clothes rent, and havMizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which ing cut themselves, with offerings and inwill come unto us : but ye, gather ye cense in their hand, to bring them to the wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and house of the LORD. put them in your vessels, and dwell in 6 And Ihmael the son of Nethaniah your cities that ye have taken.

went forth from Mizpah to meet them, 11 Likewise when all the Jews that weeping all along as he went: and it were in Mcah, and among the Ammo came to pass, as he met them, he said nites, and in Edom, and that were in all unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of the countries, heard that the king of Bab- Ahikam. ylon had left a remnant of Judah, and 7 And it was 80; when they came into that he had set over them Gedaliah the the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan; of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them

12. Even all the Jews returned out of into the midst of the pit, he, and the men all places whither they were driven, and that were with him. came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, 8 But ten men were found among unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: summer fruits very much.

for we have treasures in the field, of 13 Moreover Johanan the son of Ka- wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of reah, and all the captains of the forces honey. So he forbare, and slew them that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah not among their brethren, to Mizpah,

9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast 14 And said unto him, Dost thou cer- all the dead bodies of the men, whom he tainly know that Baalis the king of the had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Nethe son of Ahikam believed them not. thaniah filled it with them that were slain.

15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah 10 Then Ishmael carried away captive spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, say- | all the residue of the people that were in ing, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no all the people that remained in Mizpah, man shall know it: wherefore should he whom Nebuzar-adan the cantain of the slay thee, that all the Jews which are guard had committed to Geudriah the son gathered unto thee should be scattered, of Ahikam: and Islimael the son of Nethand the remnant of Judah perish? aniah carried them away captive, and

16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam departed to go over to the Ammonites. said unto Johanan the son of Kareal, 11 | But when Johanan the son of KaThou shalt not do this thing: for thou reah, and all the captains of the forces that speakest falsely of Ishmael.

were with him, heard of all the evil that CHAP. XLI.

Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, 1 Ishmael treacherously killeth Gedaliah, 12 Then they took all the men, and

and others. 11 Johanan recovereth went to fight with Ishmael the son of the captives.

Nethaniah, and found him by the great OW it came to pass in the seventh waters that are in Gibeon.

13 Now it came to pass, that when all aniah the son of Elishama, of the seed the people which were with Ishmael saw royal, and the princes of the king, even Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the ten men with him,came unto Gedaliah the captains of the forces that were with him, son of Ahikam to Mizpah ; and there then they were glad. they did eat bread together in Mizpah. 14 So all the people that Ishmael had

2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Neth- carried away captive from Mizpah cast aniah, and the ten men that were with about and returned, and went unto Johahim, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahi- nan the son of Kareah. kam the son of Shaplan with the sword, 15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and slew him, whom the king of Baby- || escaped from Johanan with eight men, lon had made governor over the land. and went to the Ammonites.

3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that 16 Then took Johanan the son of Kawere with him, even with Gedaliah, at reah, and all the captains of the forces Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were that were with him, all the remuant of found there, and the men of war.

the people whom he had recovered from 4 And it came to pass the second day | Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizafter he had slain Gedaliah, and no man pah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the knew it,

son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war,

[ocr errors]

Johanan's request to Jeremiah. CHAP. XLIII. He is reproved for hypocrisy. 625 and the women, and the children, and 12 And I will shew mercies unto you, the eunuchs, whom he had brought again that he may have mercy upon you, and from Gibeon :

cause you to return to your own land. 17 And they departed, and dwelt in 13 ( But if ye sny, We will not dwell in the habitation of Chimham, which is by | this land, neither obey the voice of the Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt, LORD your God,

18 Because of the Chaldeans; for they 14 Saving, No; but we will go into the were afraid of them, because Ishmael the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the nor hearthe sound of the trumpet, par have son of Ahikam, whom the king of Baby- | hunger of bread ; and there will we dwell: lon made govemor in the land.

15 And now therefore hear the word CHAP. XLII.

of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah ; Thus 1 Johanan desircth Jeremiuh to inquire of saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;

God, promising obedience. 7 Jeremiah's If ye wholly set your faces to enter into

answer. 19 Their hypocrisy reproved. Egypt, and go to sojourn there ; TH THEN all the captains of the forces, 16 Then it shall come to pass, that the

and Johanan the son of Kareah, and sword, which ye feared, shallovertake you Jezaniah the son of Hoshajah, and all the there in the land of Egypt, and the fampeople from the least even unto the great-ine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow est, came near,

close after you there in Egypt; and there * 2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, ye shall die. Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be 17 So shall it be with all the men that accepted before thee, and pray for us un- set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn to the LORD thy God, even for all this there; they shall die by the sword, by the vemnant ; (for we are left but a few of famine, and by the pestilence : and none many, as thive eyes do behold us :) of them shall remain or escape from the

3 That the LORD thy God may shew evil that I will bring upon them. us the way wherein we may walk, and 18 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the thing that we may do.

the God of Israel; As mine anger and my 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said un- fury hath been poured forth upon the into them, I have heard you ; behold, I will habitants of Jerusalem ; so shall my fury pray unto the LORD your God according | be poured forth upon you, when ye shall to your words; and it shall come to pass, enter into Egypt; and ye shall be an that whatsoever thing the LORD shall an- execration, and an astonishment, and a swer you, I will declare it unto you ; I curse, and a reproach ; and ye shall see will keep nothing back from you. this place no more.

5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The 19 q The Lord hath said concerning Lord be a true and faithful witness be- || you, O ye remnant of Judah ; Go ye not tween us, if we do not even according to into Egypt: know certainly that I have all things for the which the LORD thy | admonished you this day: God shall send thee to us.

20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, 6 Whether it be good, or whether it be when ye sent me unto the LORD your evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it our God; and according unto all that the may be well with us, when we obey the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto voice of the LORD our God.

us, and we will do it. 7 And it came to pass after ten days, 21 And now I have this day declared it that the word of the LORD came unto

you ;

but ye bave not obeyed the voice Jeremiah.

of the LORD your God, nor any thing for 8 Then called he Johanan the son of the which he hath sent me unto you. Kareah, and all the captains of the forces 22 Now therefore know certainly that which were with him, and all the people ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, from the least even to the greatest, and by the pestilence, in the place whith

9 And said unto them, Thus saith the er ye desire to go and to sojourn. LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye

CHAP. XLIII. sent nie to present your supplication be- 1 Johanan carrieth Jeremiah into Egypt. fore him ;

8 Jeremiah prophesieth the conquest of 10 If ye will still abide in this land, Egypt by the Labylonians. then will I buik! you, and not pull yoil down, and I will plant you, and not pluck miah had made an end of speaking you up: for I repent me of the evil ihat I un to all the people all the words of the have done unto you.

LORD their God, for which the LORD 11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, their God had sent him to them, even all of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of hese words, him, saith the LORD: for I am with you, to 2 Then spake Azariah the son of Ho saie you, and to deliver you from his hand, shaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareh,

to

626 Jeremiah carried into Egypt. JEREMIAH.

Judah's desolation. and all the proud men, saying unto Jere- ,, dol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and miah, Thou speakest falsely : the LORD in the country of Pathras, saying, our God hath not sent thee to say, Go 2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the not into Egypt to sojourn there :

God of Israel ; Ye have seen all the evil 3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and thee on against us, for to deliver us into upon all the cities of Judah ; and behold, the hand of the Chaldeans, that they this day they are a desolation, and no might put us to death, and carry us away man dwelleth therein, captives into Babylon.

3 Because of their wickedness which 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all they have committed to provoke me to the captains of the forces, and all the peo- anger, in that they went to burn incense, ple, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to and to serve other gods, whom they knew dwell in the land of Judah.

not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers. 5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and 4 Howbeit, I sent unto you all my serall the captains of the forces, took all the vants the prophets, rising early and sendremnant of Judah, that were returned ing them, saying, Oh, do not this abominfrom all nations, whither they had been able thing that I hate. driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; 5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined

6 Even men, and women, and children, their ear to turn from their wickedness, and the king's daughters, and every per- to burn no incense unto other gods. son that Nebuzar-adan the captain of 6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger the guard had left with Gedaliah the son was poured forth, and was kindled in the of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jer- cities of Judah and in the streets of Jeruemiah the prophet, and Baruch the son salem; and they are wasted and desolate, of Neriah.

as at this day. 7 So they came into the land of E- 7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, gypt; for they, obeyed not the voice of the God of hosts, the God of Israel ; the LORD : thus came they even to Wherefore commit ye this great evil aTahpanhes.

gainst your souls, to cut off from you 8 | Then came the word of the LORD man and woman, child and suckling, out unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, of Judah, to leave you none to remain ;

9 Take great stones in thine hand, 8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath and hide them in the clay in the brick- l with the works of your hands, burning, kiin, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's incense unto other gods in the land of house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that men of Judah;

ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye 10 And say unto them, Thus saith the might be a curse and a repmach among LORD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Be- all the nations of the earth? hold, I will send and take Nebuchadrez- 9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of zar the king of Babylon, my servant, and your fathers, and the wickedness of the will set his throue upon these stones that kings of Judah, and the wickedness of I have hid; and he shall spread his royal their wives, and your own wickedness, pavilion over them.

and the wickedness of your wives, which 11 And wlten he cometh, he shall smite i they have committed in the land of Juthe land of Egypt, and deliver such as are dah, and in the streets of Jerusalem ? for death to death ; and such as are for 10 They are not humbled even unto this captivity to captivity ; and such as are day, neither have they feared, nor walked for the sword to the sword.

in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set 12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses before you and before your fathers. of the gods of Egypt ; and he shall burn 11 I Therefore thus saith the LORD of them, and carry them away captives: and hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will he shall array himself with the land of set my face against you for evil, and to Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his gar- cut off all Judah. ment; and he shall go forth from thence 12 And I will take the remnant of Ju. in peace.

dah, that have set their faces to go into 13 He shall break also the images of the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and Beth-shemesh, that is in the land of E. they shall all be consumed, and fall in the gypt ; and the houses of the gods of the land of Egypt; they shall even be conEgyptians shall he burn with fire. sumed by the sword and by the famine : CHAP. XLIV.

they shall die, from the least eren unto 1 The desolation of Judah for idolatry. 15 the greatest, by the sword and by the fam

The Jews obstinacy, 20 is threatened. ine: and they shall be an execration, and 29 The destruction of Egypi foreshewn. an astonishment, and a curse, and a reTHI THE word that came to Jeremiah con

cerning all the Jews which dwell in 13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Mig- I the land of Egypt, as I have punished Je

proach.

VOWS.

Obstinate idolaters threatened. Chap. xLv.

Baruch comforted. 627 rusalem, by the sword, by the famine, God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives and by the pestilence :

have both spoken with your mouths, 14 So that none of the remnant of Ju- and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We dah, which are gone into the land of E- will surely perform our vows that we gypt to sojourn there, shall escape or re- have vowed, to burn incense to the main, that they should return into the queen of heaven, and to pour out drinkland of Judah, to the which they have a offerings unto her : ye will surely accomdesire to return to dwell there :' for none plish your vows, and surely perform your shall return but such as shall escape.

15 4 Then all the men which' knew 26 Therefore hear ye the word of the that their wives had burned incense unto Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land other gods, and all the women that stood of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my by, a great multitude, even all the people great name, saith the LORD, that my that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pa- name shall no more be named in the thros, answered Jeremiah, saying, mouth of any man of Judah in all the

16 As for the word that thou hast land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, liveth. we will not hearken unto thee.

27 Behold, I will watch over them for · 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever evil, and not for good : and all the men thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, of Judah that are in the land of Egypt to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, shall be consumed by the sword and by the and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, famine, until there be an end of them. as we have done, we, and our fathers, 28 Yet a small number that escape the our kings, and our princes, in the cities of sword shall return out of the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem : | Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the for then had we plenty of victuals, and remnant of Judah, that are gone into were well, and saw no evil.

the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall 18 But since we left off to burn incense | know whose words shall stand, mine, or to the queen of heaven, and to pour out theirs. drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted 29 9 And this shall be a sign unto you, all things, and have been consumed by saith the Lord, that I will punish you the sword and by the famine.

in this place, that ye may know that my 19 And when we burned incense to the words shall surely stand against you for queen of heaven, and poured out drink- evil : offerings unto her, did we make her cakes 30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will to worship her, and pour out drink-offer- | give Pharaoh-hophra king of Egypt inings unto her, without our men ?

to the hand of his enemies, and into the 20 4 Then Jeremiah said unto all the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave people, to the men, and to the women, Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of and to all the people which had given Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his him that answer, saying,

enemy, and that sought his life. 21 The incense that ye burned in the

CHAP. XLV. cities of Judah, and in the streets of Je- || 1 Baruch being dismayed, 4 Jeremiah rusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings instructeth and comforteth him. and your princes, and the people of the 'HE word that Jeremiah the prophet land, did not the Lord remember them, spake unto Baruch the son of Neriand came it not into his mind?

ah, when he had written these words in 22 So that the LORD could no longer a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the bear, because of the evil of your doings, fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Joand because of the abominations which siah king of Judah, saying, ye have committed ; therefore is your 2 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Issand a desolation, and an astonishment, rael, unto thee, O Baruch ; and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at 3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for this day.

the LORD hath added grief to my sor23 Because ye have burned incense, | row ; I fainted in my sighing, and 'I find and because ye have sinned against the no rest. LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of 4 9 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in || LORD saith thus ; Behold, that which I Iris statutes, nor in his testimonies; there have built wių I break down, and that fore this evil is happened unto you, as which I have planted I will pluck up, at this day.

even this whole land. 24 Moreover, Jeremiah said unto all 5 And seekest thou great things for thythe people, and to all the women, Hear self? seek them poti for behold, I will the word of the Lord, all Judah that are bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: in the land of Egypt :

but thy life will I give unto thee for ą 25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the prey in all places whither thou goest,

[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »