40:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD,
after that Nebuzaradan 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.
40:2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said
unto him, The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon
40:3 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.
40:4 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,
40:5 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
40:6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to
Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left
in the land.
40:7 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 to Babylon;
40:8 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.
40:9 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.
40:10 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.
40:11 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;
40:12 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.
40:13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the
captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to
Gedaliah to Mizpah,
40:14 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.
40:15 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
40:16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the
son of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this thing: for thou
speakest falsely of Ishmael.