1 Now it came to
pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah
the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the
king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam
to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah.
2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that
were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son
of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon
had made governor over the land.
3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with
Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there,
and the men of war.
4 And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah,
and no man knew it,
5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from
Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and
their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings
and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the
6 And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to
meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass,
as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son
7 And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city,
that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into
the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him.
8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael,
Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and
of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew
them not among their brethren.
9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of
the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which
Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: and
Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain.
10 Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the
people that were in Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and all
the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzar-adan the captain
of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and
Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and
departed to go over to the Ammonites.
11 But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains
of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that
Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,
12 Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael
the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that
are in Gibeon.
13 Now it came to pass, that when all the people which were
with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains
of the forces that were with him, then they were glad.
14 So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from
Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johanan the son
15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with
eight men, and went to the Ammonites.
16 Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains
of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people
whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from
Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam,
even mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and
the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon:
17 And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham,
which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,
18 Because of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them, because
Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam,
whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land.
1 Then all the
captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah
the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even
unto the greatest, came near,
2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee,
our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto
the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left
but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
3 That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk,
and the thing that we may do.
4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you;
behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your
words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the
LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep
nothing back from you.
5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful
witness between us, if we do not even according to all things
for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.
6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the
voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may
be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.
7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD
came unto Jeremiah.
8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains
of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the
least even to the greatest,
9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel,
unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;
10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you,
and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you
up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid;
be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save
you, and to deliver you from his hand.
12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy
upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey
the voice of the LORD your God,
14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where
we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor
have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:
15 And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of
Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye
wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn
16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared,
shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine,
whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in
Egypt; and there ye shall die.
17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go
into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by
the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain
or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.
18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine
anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when
ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and
an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see
this place no more.
19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah;
Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished
you this day.
20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the
LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and
according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare
unto us, and we will do it.
21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not
obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the
which he hath sent me unto you.
22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword,
by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye
desire to go and to sojourn.
1 And it came to
pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all
the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the
LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words,
2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son
of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou
speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say,
Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for
to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might
put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the
forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD,
to dwell in the land of Judah.
5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the
forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from
all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land
6 Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters,
and every person that Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard
had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan,
and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah.
7 So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the
voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.
8 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes,
9 Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay
in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in
Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;
10 And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God
of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king
of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones
that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over
11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and
deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for
captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the
12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt;
and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he
shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth
on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
13 He shall break also the images of Beth-shemesh, that is in
the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians
shall he burn with fire.