1 Then Shephatiah
the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal
the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard
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
have his life for a prey, and shall live.
3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into
the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.
4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee,
let this man be put to death: for thus he 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
Malchiah 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
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 a thing; hide
nothing from me.
15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee,
wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel,
wilt thou not hearken unto me?
16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying,
As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee
to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men
that seek thy life.
17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the
God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth
unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live,
and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt
live, and thine house:
18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes,
then shall this 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.
19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of
the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver
me into their hand, and they mock me.
20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech
thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it
shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.
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 friends have set thee on, and
have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire,
and they are turned away back.
23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to
the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand,
but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou
shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.
24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these
words, and thou shalt not die.
25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and
they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now
what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and
we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto
26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication
before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's
house, to die there.
27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and
he told them according to all these words that the king had
commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter
was not perceived.
28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day
that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was
1 In the ninth
year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they
2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month,
the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.
3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat
in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim,
Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of
the princes of the king of Babylon.
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 forth
out of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by
the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the
5 But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah
in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they
brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar 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
7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains,
to carry him to Babylon.
8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses
of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.
9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive
into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the
city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest
of the people that remained.
10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor
of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and
gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning
Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, saying,
12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do
unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
13 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban,
Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of
14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the
prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the
son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among
15 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was
shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
16 Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my
words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall
be accomplished in that day before thee.
17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and
thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou
18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by
the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because
thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.
1 The word that
came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzar-adan the
captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had
taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried
away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away
captive unto Babylon.
2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto
him, The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.
3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath
said: because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not
obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which
were upon thine 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 convenient for thee to go, thither go.
5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also
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
convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave
him victuals 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.
7 Now when all the captains of the forces which 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 poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive
8 Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even 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 a Maachathite, they and their men.
9 And 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.
10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah to serve the Chaldeans,
which will 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.
11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the
Ammonites, 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 of Shaphan;
12 Even 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.
13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains
of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,
14 And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the
king of the Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah
to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.
15 Then 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 slay thee, that all the Jews which are gathered unto thee
should be scattered, and the remnant in Judah perish?
16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son
of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest falsely