40 1The word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, after that
Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had
taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and
Judah, that were carried away captive unto Babylon.
2And the captain of
the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, Jehovah thy God pronounced this
evil upon this place;
3and Jehovah hath brought it, and done according as
he spake: because ye have sinned against Jehovah, and have not obeyed his
voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
4And now, behold, I loose
thee this day from the chains which are upon thy hand. If it seem good unto
thee to come with me into Babylon, come, and I will look well unto thee; but
if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all
the land is before thee; whither it seemeth good and right unto thee to go,
5Now while he was not yet gone back, Go back then, said
he, to Gedaliah 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 go wheresoever it seemeth right unto thee to go. So the
captain of the guard gave him victuals and a present, and let him go.
6Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah, and dwelt
with him among the people that were left in the land.
7Now when all the
captains of the forces that 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 poorest of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to
8then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, to wit, Ishmael
the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and
Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and
Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
9And Gedaliah the
son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware unto them and to their men, saying,
Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of
Babylon, and it shall be well with you.
10As for me, behold, I will dwell
at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans that shall come unto us: but ye,
gather ye wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your vessels, and
dwell in your cities that ye have taken.
11Likewise when all the Jews
that were in Moab, and among the children of Ammon, 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
12then 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 summer fruits very much.
13Moreover Johanan the son of
Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to
Gedaliah to Mizpah,
14and said unto him, Dost thou know that Baalis the
king of the children of Ammon hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take
thy life? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.
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 take thy life, that all the Jews that are
gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant of Judah perish?
16But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah,
Thou shalt not do this thing; for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael.