Jeremiah 40

Jeremiah Remains in Judah

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the  Lord after a  Nebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had released him from b  Ramah, when he had taken him bound in c  chains among all the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. 2Now the captain of the bodyguard had taken Jeremiah and said to him, “The d   Lord your God promised this calamity against this place; 3and the  Lord has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people e  sinned against the  Lord and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you. 4But now, behold, I am f  freeing you today from the chains which are on your hands. If
Lit it is good in your eyes
you would prefer to come with me to Babylon, come along, and I will
Lit set my eyes on
look after you; but if
Lit it is evil in your eyes
you would prefer not to come with me to Babylon,
Lit refrain!
never mind. Look, the k  whole land is before you; go wherever it seems good and right for you to go.”
5As
Lit he
Jeremiah was still not going back,
I.e. Nebuzaradan
he said, “Go on back then to n  Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has o  appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people; or else go anywhere it seems right for you to go.” So the captain of the bodyguard gave him a p  ration and a q  gift and let him go.
6Then Jeremiah went to r  Mizpah to s  Gedaliah the son of Ahikam and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land.

7 t  Now all the
Or princes
commanders of the forces that were in the field, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam over the land and that he had put him in charge of the men, women and
Lit infants
children, those of the w  poorest of the land who had not been exiled to Babylon.
8So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, along with x  Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and y  Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the z  Netophathite, and aa  Jezaniah the son of the ab  Maacathite, both they and their men. 9Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan ac  swore to them and to their men, saying ad  Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you. 10Now as for me, behold, I am going to stay at Mizpah to ae  stand for you before the Chaldeans who come to us; but as for you, af  gather in wine and ag  summer fruit and oil and put them in your storage vessels, and live in your cities that you have taken over.” 11Likewise, also all the Jews who were in ah  Moab and among the sons of ai  Ammon and in aj  Edom and who were in all the other countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant for Judah, and that he had appointed over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan. 12Then all the Jews ak  returned from all the places to which they had been driven away and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, and gathered in wine and summer fruit in great abundance.

13Now Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were in the field came to Gedaliah at Mizpah 14and said to him, “Are you well aware that Baalis the king of the sons of al  Ammon has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life?” But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam did not believe them. 15Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying am  Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and not a man will know! Why should he an  take your life, so that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered and the ao  remnant of Judah would perish?” 16But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah ap  Do not do this thing, for you are telling a lie about Ishmael.”
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