NASB — Jeremiah 40 — KJV

Jeremiah Remains in Judah

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD after aNebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had released him from bRamah, when he had taken him bound in cchains among all the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. 2 Now the captain of the bodyguard had taken Jeremiah and said to him, “The aLORD your God promised this calamity against this place; 3 and the LORD has brought [it] on and done just as He promised. Because you [people] asinned against the LORD and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you. 4 But now, behold, I am afreeing you today from the chains which are on your hands. If Iyou would prefer to come with me to Babylon, come [along], and I will IIlook after you; but if IIIyou would prefer not to come with me to Babylon, IVnever mind. Look, the bwhole land is before you; go wherever it seems good and right for you to go.” 5 As IJeremiah was still not going back, II[he said], “Go on back then to aGedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has bappointed 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 cration and a dgift and let him go. 6 Then Jeremiah went to aMizpah to bGedaliah the son of Ahikam and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land.

[1] aJr 39:9, 11 bJr 31:15 cAc 12:6, 7; 21:13; 28:20; Ep 6:20
[2] aLv 26:14-38; Dt 28:15-68; 29:24-28; 31:17; 32:19-25; Jr 22:8, 9
[3] aJr 50:7; Dn 9:11; Ro 2:5
[4] ILit it is good in your eyes IILit set my eyes on IIILit it is evil in your eyes IVLit refrain! aJr 39:11, 12 bGn 13:9; 20:15; 47:6
[5] ILit he III.e. Nebuzaradan aJr 39:14 b2K 25:23 cJr 52:34 d2K 8:7-9
[6] aJg 20:1; 21:1; 1S 7:5; 2Ch 16:6 bJr 39:14

7aNow all the Icommanders 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 IIchildren, those of the bpoorest of the land who had not been exiled to Babylon. 8 So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, along with aIshmael the son of Nethaniah, and bJohanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the cNetophathite, and dJezaniah the son of the eMaacathite, [both] they and their men. 9 Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, aswore to them and to their men, saying, “bDo not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you. 10 Now as for me, behold, I am going to stay at Mizpah to astand [for you] before the Chaldeans who come to us; but as for you, bgather in wine and csummer fruit and oil and put [them] in your [storage] vessels, and live in your cities that you have taken over.” 11 Likewise, also all the Jews who were in aMoab and among the sons of bAmmon and in cEdom 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. 12 Then all the Jews areturned 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.

[7] IOr princes IILit infants a2K 25:23 bJr 39:10; 52:16
[8] aJr 40:14; 41:2 bJr 40:13, 15; 42:1; 43:2 c2S 23:28, 29; Ezr 2:22; Ne 7:26 dJr 42:1 eDt 3:14; Jsh 12:5; 2S 10:6, 8
[9] a1S 20:16, 17; 2K 25:24 bJr 27:11; 38:17-20
[10] aDt 1:38; 1K 10:8; Jr 35:19 bDt 16:13; Jr 39:10 cIs 16:9; Jr 40:12; 48:32
[11] aNu 22:1; 25:1, 2; Is 16:4; Jr 9:26 b1S 11:1; 12:12 cGn 36:8; Is 11:14
[12] aJr 43:5

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

[14] a1S 11:1-3; 2S 10:1-6; Jr 25:21; 41:10
[15] a1S 26:8 b2S 21:17 cJr 42:2
[16] aMt 10:16; 1Co 13:5


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Jeremiah, being set free by Nebuzar-adan, goeth to Gedaliah.

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. 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.

[1] Jsh 18:25; 1S 7:17; Ps 68:6; 107:16; Jr 31:15; 39:11; Ac 12:6; 21:13; 28:20; Ep 6:20.
[2] Dt 29:24; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:20; Jr 22:8; Lm 2:15.
[3] Ne 9:28, 33; Jr 50:7; Dn 9:11; Ro 2:5; 3:19.
[5] 2K 8:7; 22:12, 14; 25:22; 2Ch 34:20; Ezr 7:6, 27; Ne 1:11; 2:4; Jb 22:29; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Jr 15:11; 26:24; 39:14; 40:4; 41:2; 52:31; Ac 27:3, 43; 28:10; He 13:6.
[6] Jsh 15:38; Jg 20:1; 21:1; 1S 7:5; Jr 39:14.

The dispersed Jews repair unto him.

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; 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.

[7] 2K 25:4, 22, 23; Jr 39:4, 10; Ezk 33:24; 45:16.
[8] Dt 3:14; Jsh 12:5; 2S 10:6, 8; 23:28, 34; 2K 25:23, 25; 1Ch 2:48, 54; 11:30; Ezr 2:2, 22; Ne 7:26; Jr 37:15, 20; 38:26; 40:6, 11, 14; 41:1, 11, 16; 42:1, 8; 43:2, 5.
[9] Gn 49:15; 1S 20:16; 2K 25:24; Ps 37:3; 128:2; Jr 27:11; 38:17.
[10] Dt 1:38; 2S 16:1; Pv 22:29; Is 16:9; Jr 35:19; 39:10; 40:12; 48:32; Mi 7:1; Lk 21:36.
[11] Is 16:4; Jr 24:9; Ezk 5:3, 12; 25:2, 6, 8, 12; 35:5, 15; Ob 1:11.

Johanan revealing Ishmael's conspiracy is not believed.

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 of Ishmael.

[13] Jr 40:6.
[14] 1S 11:1; 2S 10:1; Pv 26:23; Is 26:10; Jr 25:21; 40:8; 41:2, 10; 49:1; Ezk 25:2; Am 1:13; Mi 7:5; 1Co 13:5.
[15] 1S 24:4; 26:8; 2S 18:3; 21:17; Jb 31:31; Jr 12:3; Ezk 33:24; Jn 11:50.
[16] Jr 41:2; Mt 10:16; Ro 3:8.


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