Jeremiah Freed1 The word coming to Jeremiah from the lord afterwards with his being sent by Nabuzar-adan the chief guard from out of Ramah in the taking him in manacles in the midst of the resettlement of Judah, of the ones being led into Babylon. 2 And [3took 4him 1the 2chief guard], and said to him, The lord your God spoke these evils against this place. 3 And the lord did as he said, for you all sinned against him, and hearkened not to his voice, and [2happened 3to you 1this word], 4 And now behold, I untied you from the manacles, of the ones upon your hands. If it is good before you to go with me into Babylon, come! and I will put my eyes upon you. But if not run from here! Behold, all the land before you is for good; and for what is pleasing in your eyes to go there, go!
Gedaliah Appointed Over Judah5 And return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan! whom [3established 1the king 2of Babylon] in the land of Judah. And live with him in the midst of the people! for all the things good in your eyes to go to -- then go! And [3gave 4to him 1the 2chief guard] a feast and gifts, and sent him. 6 And he came to Gedaliah in Mizpah, and stayed in the midst of the people, of the one being left behind in the land. 7 And [8heard 1all 2the 3leaders 4of the 5force 6in 7the field], they and their force, that [3established 1the king 2of Babylon] Gedaliah in the land, and that they deposited to his care men and their wives, and the simple people, and for the needy of the land which he resettled not in Babylon. 8 And came to Gedaliah in Mizpah, even Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and Johanan son of Kareah, and Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah son of the Maachathite -- they and their men. 9 And [2swore by an oath 3to them 1Gedaliah] and to their men, saying, Lest you should fear from the face of the servants of the Chaldeans, dwell in the land, and work for the king of Babylon! and it will be better for you. 10 And behold, I sit in Mizpah to stand against the face of the Chaldeans, to whom ever should come against us. And you bring together wine, and autumn fruits, and olive oil, and lay them in your receptacles, and dwell in the cities which you held! 11 And all the Jews, the ones in Moab, and among the sons of Ammon, and the ones in Edom, and the ones in all the land, heard that [3granted 1the king 2of Babylon] a vestige to Judah, and that he placed over them Gedaliah son of Ahikam. 12 And [4were returned 1all 2the 3Jews] from every place into which they were dispersed. And they came to Gedaliah in the land of Judah in Mizpah. And they gathered wine and autumn fruits -- much, exceedingly, and olive oil.
Plot Against Gedaliah13 And Johanan son of Kareah, and all the governors of the force, the ones in the fields, came to Gedaliah in Mizpah. 14 And they said to him, Do you with knowledge know that Baalis king of the sons of Ammon sent against you Ishmael son of Nethaniah, to strike your life? and [4did not trust 5them 1Gedaliah 2son 3of Ahikam]. 15 And Johanan son of Kareah said to Gedaliah secretly in Mizpah, I will go indeed, and I shall strike Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and let no one know! lest he should strike your soul, and should scatter all Judah, the ones being brought together to you, and they shall destroy the rest of Judah. 16 And Gedaliah said to Johanan son of Kareah, You should not do this thing, for [3lies 1you 2speak] concerning Ishmael.
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