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rezzar 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 the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.

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.

4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was brok

e n 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 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 false; 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 him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;

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.

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 ?

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

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.

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.

CHAP. XXXVIII.

THEN Shephatiab the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, beard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,

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 bave his life for a prey, and shall live.

3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the band of the king of Babylon's army, which sball take it.

4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death : for thus be 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.

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.

6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiab 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 mire.

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

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.

10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men 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 Jeremiah.

12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes 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.

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 gainst thee: thy feet are sunk in the a thing; hide nothing from me. mire, and they are turned away back.

15 Then Jeremiah said unto Ze 23 So they shall bring out all thy dekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt wives and thy children to the Chalthou not surely put me to death? deans: and thou shalt not escape out and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou of their hand, but shalt be taken by not hearken unto me?

the hand of the king of Babylon : 16 So Zedekiah the king sware and thou shalt cause this city to be secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As burned with fire. the Lord liveth, that made us this 24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeresoul, I will not put thee to death, miah, Let no inan know of these neither will I give thee into the hand words, and thou shalt not die. of these men that seek thy life.

25 But if the princes hear that I 17 Then said Jeremiah unto Ze have talked with thee, and they come dekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the unto thee, and say unto thee, DeGod of hosts, the God of Israel; If clare unto us now what thou hast thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the said unto the king, hide it not from king of Babylon's princes, then thy us, and we will not put thee to death; soul shall live, and this city shall not also what the king said unto thee: be burned with fire; and thou shalt 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, live, and thine house :

I presented my supplication before 18 But if thou wilt not go forth the king, that he would not cause to the king of Babylon's princes, me to return to Jonathan's house, to then shall this city be given into the die there. hand of the Chaldeans, and they 27 Then came all the princes onshall burn it with fire, and thou shalt to Jeremiah, and asked him : and he not escape out of their hand.

told them according to all these 19 And Zedekiah the king said words that the king had commandunto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the ed. So they left off speaking with Jews that are fallen to the Chal him ; for the matter was not perdeans, lest they deliver me into their ceived. hand, and they mock me.

28 So Jeremiah abode in the court 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall of the prison until the day that Jenot deliver thee. Obey, I beseech rusalem was taken : and he was there thee, the voice of the LORD, which when Jerusalem was taken. I speak unto thee : so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall

CHAP. XXXIX. live.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, IN the ninth year of Zedekiah king this is the word that the LORD hath of Judah, in the tenth month, came shewed me:

Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon 22 And, behold, all the women and all his army against Jerusalem, that are left in the king of Judah's and they besieged it. house shall be brought forth to the 2 And in the eleventh year of Zeking of Babylon's princes, and those dekiah, in the fourth month, the women shall say, Thy friends have ninth day of the month, the city was set thee on, and have prevailed a- || broken up.

3 And all the princes of the king || Babylon gave charge concerning of Babylon came in, and sat in the | Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the capmiddle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, tain of the guard, saying, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim, Rab-saris, 12 Take him, and look well to Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all him, and do him no harm; but do the residue of the princes of the unto him even as he shall say unto king of Babylon.

thee. 4 And it came to pass, that when 13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain Zedekiah the king of Judah saw of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, them, and all the men of war, then Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rabthey fed, and went forth out of the mag, and all the king of Babylon's city by night, by the way of the princes; king's garden, by the gate betwixt 14 Even they sent, and took Jerethe two walls: and he went out the miah out of the court of the prison, way of the plain.

and committed him unto Gedaliah 5 But the Chaldeans' army pur the son of Ahikam the son of Shasued after them, and overtook Ze phan, that he should carry him dekiah in the plains of Jericho: and home: so he dwelt among the peowhen they had taken him, they ple. brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar 15 Now the word of the LORD king of Babylon to Riblah in the came unto Jeremiah, while he was land of Hamath, where he gave shut up in the court of the prison, judgment upon him.

saying, 6 Then the king of Babylon slew 16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech the sons of Zedekiah in Riblab be the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the fore bis eyes : also the king of Baby LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; lon slew all the nobles of Judah. Behold, I will bring my words upon

7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's this city for evil, and not for good; eyes, and bound him with chains, to and they shall be accomplished in carry him to Babylon. .

that day before thee. 8 And the Chaldeans burned the 17 But I will deliver thee in that king's house, and the houses of the day, saith the LORD : and thou shalt people, with fire, and brake down not be given into the hand of the the walls of Jerusalem.

men of whom thou art afraid. 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain 18 For I will surely deliver thee, of the guard carried away captive and thou shalt not fall by the sword, into Babylon the remnant of the but thy life shall be for a prey unto people that remained in the city, thee: because thou hast put thy and those that fell away, that fell to trust in me, saith the LORD. him, with the rest of the people that remained.

CHAP. XL. 10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the THE word that came to Jeremiah people, which had nothing, in the from the Lord, after that Nebuzarland of Judah, and gave them vine adan the captain of the guard had yards and fields at the same time. let him go from Ramah, when he

11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried | him men, and women, and children, away captive of Jerusalem and Ju and of the poor of the land, of them dah, which were carried away cap that were not carried away captive tive unto Babylon.

to Babylon; 2 And the captain of the guard 8 Then they came to Gedaliah to took Jeremiah, and said unto him, Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of The LORD thy God hath pronounc Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonaed this evil upon this place.

than the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah 3 Now the Lord hath brought it, the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons and done according as he hath said: of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jebecause ye have sinned against the zaniah the son of a Maachathite, LORD, and have not obeyed his they and their men. voice, therefore this thing is come 9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahiupon you.

kam the son of Shaphan sware unto 4 And now, behold, I loose thee them and to their men, saying, Fear this day from the chains which were not to serve the Chaldeans : dwell upon thine hand. If it seem good in the land, and serve the king of unto thee to come with me into Babylon, and it shall be well with Babylon, come; and I will look well you. unto thee: but if it seem ill unto 10 As for me, behold, I will thee to come with me into Babylon, dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chalforbear: behold, all the land is be deans, which will come unto us : fore thee: whither it seemeth good but ye, gather ye wine, and summer and convenient for thee to go, thi fruits, and oil, and put them in your ther go.

vessels, and dwell in your cities that 5 Now while he was not yet gone ye have taken. back, he said, Go back also to Geda 11 Likewise when all the Jews liah the son of Ahikam the son of that were in Moab, and among the Shaphan, whom the king of Baby Ammonites, and in Edom, and that lon hath made governor over the were in all the countries, heard that cities of Judah, and dwell with him the king of Babylon had left a remamong the people: or go where nant of Judah, and that he had set soever it seemeth convenient unto over them Gedaliah the son of Abithee to go. So the captain of the kam the son of Shaphan; guard gave him victuals and a re 12 Even all the Jews returned ward, and let him go.

out of all places whither they were 6 Then went Jeremiah unto Ge driven, and came to the land of Judaliah the son of Abikam to Miz dah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and pah; and dwelt with him among gathered wine and summer fruits the people that were left in the very much. land.

13 Moreover Johanan the son of 7 Now when all the captains of Kareah, and all the captains of the the forces which were in the fields, forces that were in the fields, came even they and their men, heard that to Gedaliah to Mizpah, the king of Babylon had made Ge 14 And said unto him, Dost thou daliah the son of Ahikam governor certainly know that Baalis the king in the land, and had committed unto ll of the Ammonites hath sent Ish

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