Jeremiah 39

Jerusalem Captured

Ch 38:28-b in Heb
Now when Jerusalem was captured
Ch 39:1 in Heb
c  in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it;
2in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the city wall was d  breached. 3Then all the e  officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat down at the f  Middle Gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the
I.e. chief official
Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the
I.e. title of a high official
Rab-mag, and all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon.
4When Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, they i  fled and went out of the city at night by way of the king’s garden through the gate j  between the two walls; and he went out toward the
I.e. Jordan valley
5But the army of the l  Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the m  plains of Jericho; and they seized him and brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at n  Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him. 6Then the o  king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah p  before his eyes at Riblah; the king of Babylon also slew all the q  nobles of Judah. 7He then r  blinded Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him in s  fetters of bronze to bring him to t  Babylon. 8The Chaldeans also u  burned with fire the king’s palace and the houses of the people, and they v  broke down the walls of Jerusalem. 9As for the rest of the people who were left in the city, the
Lit fallers who had fallen
x  deserters who had gone over to him and y  the rest of the people who remained z  Nebuzaradan the aa  captain of the bodyguard carried them into exile in Babylon.
10But some of the ab  poorest people who had nothing ac  Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard left behind in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields
Lit on that day
at that time.

Jeremiah Spared

11Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave orders about ae  Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, saying, 12Take him and
Lit set your eyes on
look after him, and ag  do nothing harmful to him, but rather deal with him just as he tells you.”
13So Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard sent word, along with Nebushazban the
I.e. chief official
Rab-saris, and Nergal-sar-ezer the
I.e. title of a high official
Rab-mag, and all the leading officers of the king of Babylon;
14they even sent and aj  took Jeremiah out of the court of the guardhouse and entrusted him to ak  Gedaliah, the son of al  Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him home. So he stayed among the people.

15Now the word of the  Lord had come to Jeremiah while he was am  confined in the court of the guardhouse, saying, 16Go and speak to an  Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to bring My words on this city ao  for disaster and not for
Lit good
prosperity; and they will aq  take place before you on that day.
17“But I will ar  deliver you on that day,” declares the  Lord, “and you will not be given into the hand of the men whom you dread. 18For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword; but you will have your own as  life as booty, because you have at  trusted in Me,” declares the  Lord.’”
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