1 H1697 The word H3414 which came to Jeremiah H3068 from Jehovah, H310 after H5018 that Nebuzaradan H7227 the captain H2876 of the guard H7971 had let him go H7414 from Ramah, H3947 when he had taken H631 him being bound H246 in chains H8432 among H1546 all the captives H3389 of Jerusalem H3063 and Judah, H1540 that were carried away captive H894 unto Babylon.
2 H7227 And the captain H2876 of the guard H3947 took H3414 Jeremiah, H559 and said H3068 unto him, Jehovah H430 thy God H1696 pronounced H7451 this evil H4725 upon this place;
3 H3068 and Jehovah H935 hath brought H6213 it, and done H1696 according as he spake: H2398 because ye have sinned H3068 against Jehovah, H8085 and have not obeyed H6963 his voice, H1697 therefore this thing is come upon you.
4 H6605 And now, behold, I loose H3117 thee this day H246 from the chains H3027 which are upon thy hand. H2896 If it seem good H935 unto thee to come H894 with me into Babylon, H935 come, H7760 and I will look well H7489 unto thee; but if it seem ill H935 unto thee to come H894 with me into Babylon, H2308 forbear: H7200 behold, H776 all the land H6440 is before H413 thee; whither it seemeth H2896 good H3477 and right H3212 unto thee to go, H3212 thither go.
5 H7725 Now while he was not yet gone back, H7725 Go back H1436 then, said he, to Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam, H1121 the son H8227 of Shaphan, H4428 whom the king H894 of Babylon H6485 hath made governor H5892 over the cities H3063 of Judah, H3427 and dwell H8432 with him among H5971 the people; H3212 or go H3477 wheresoever it seemeth right H3212 unto thee to go. H7227 So the captain H2876 of the guard H5414 gave H737 him victuals H4864 and a present, H7971 and let him go.
6 H935 Then went H3414 Jeremiah H1436 unto Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam H4708 to Mizpah, H3427 and dwelt H8432 with him among H5971 the people H7604 that were left H776 in the land.
7 H8269 Now when all the captains H2428 of the forces H7704 that were in the fields, H582 even they and their men, H8085 heard H4428 that the king H894 of Babylon H1436 had made Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam H6485 governor H776 in the land, H6485 and had committed H582 unto him men, H802 and women, H2945 and children, H1803 and of the poorest H776 of the land, H1540 of them that were not carried away captive H894 to Babylon;
8 H935 then they came H1436 to Gedaliah H4708 to Mizpah, H3458 to wit, Ishmael H1121 the son H5418 of Nethaniah, H3110 and Johanan H3129 and Jonathan H1121 the sons H7143 of Kareah, H8304 and Seraiah H1121 the son H8576 of Tanhumeth, H1121 and the sons H5778 of Ephai H5200 the Netophathite, H3153 and Jezaniah H1121 the son H4602 of the Maacathite, H582 they and their men.
9 H1436 And Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam H1121 the son H8227 of Shaphan H7650 sware H582 unto them and to their men, H559 saying, H3372 Fear H5647 not to serve H3778 the Chaldeans: H3427 dwell in H776 the land, H5647 and serve H4428 the king H894 of Babylon, H3190 and it shall be well with you.
10 H3427 As for me, behold, I will dwell H4709 at Mizpah, H5975 to stand H3778 before the Chaldeans H935 that shall come H622 unto us: but ye, gather H3196 ye wine H7019 and summer fruits H8081 and oil, H7760 and put H3627 them in your vessels, H3427 and dwell H5892 in your cities H8610 that ye have taken.
11 H3064 Likewise when all the Jews H4124 that were in Moab, H5983 and among the children of Ammon, H123 and in Edom, H776 and that were in all the countries, H8085 heard H4428 that the king H894 of Babylon H5414 had left H7611 a remnant H3063 of Judah, H6485 and that he had set H1436 over them Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam, H1121 the son H8227 of Shaphan;
12 H3064 then all the Jews H7725 returned out H4725 of all places H5080 whither they were driven, H935 and came H776 to the land H3063 of Judah, H1436 to Gedaliah, H4708 unto Mizpah, H622 and gathered H3196 wine H7019 and summer fruits H3966 very H7235 much.
13 H3110 Moreover Johanan H1121 the son H7143 of Kareah, H8269 and all the captains H2428 of the forces H7704 that were in the fields, H935 came H1436 to Gedaliah H4708 to Mizpah,
14 H559 and said H3045 unto him, Dost H3045 thou know H1185 that Baalis H4428 the king H1121 of the children of Ammon H7971 hath sent H3458 Ishmael H1121 the son H5418 of Nethaniah H5221 to take H1436 thy life? But Gedaliah H1121 the son H296 of Ahikam H539 believed them not.
15 H3110 Then Johanan H1121 the son H7143 of Kareah H559 spake H1436 to Gedaliah H4709 in Mizpah H5643 secretly, H559 saying, H3212 Let me go, H5221 I pray thee, and I will slay H3458 Ishmael H1121 the son H5418 of Nethaniah, H376 and no man H3045 shall know H5221 it: wherefore should he take H3064 thy life, that all the Jews H6908 that are gathered H6327 unto thee should be scattered, H7611 and the remnant H3063 of Judah H6 perish?