King James Bible
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go15 from Ramah, when he had taken2 him being bound7 in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive94 unto Babylon.
And now, behold, I loose14 thee this day from the chains which [were] upon thine hand. If it seem good 5869 unto thee to come2 with me into Babylon, come;3 and I will look well4 5869 unto thee: but if it seem ill1 5869 unto thee to come2 with me into Babylon, forbear:3 behold,3 all the land [is] before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient 5869 for thee to go,2 thither go.3
Now while he was not yet gone back,4 [he said], Go back3 also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor52 over the cities of Judah, and dwell3 with him among the people: or go3 wheresoever it seemeth convenient 5869 unto thee to go.2 So the captain of the guard gave4 him victuals and a reward, and let him go.17
Now when all the captains of the forces which [were] in the fields, [even] they and their men, heard4 that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor52 in the land, and had committed52 unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive90 to Babylon;
Then they came4 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.
And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware11 unto them and to their men, saying,2 Fear4 not to serve2 the Chaldeans: dwell3 in the land, and serve3 the king of Babylon, and it shall be well4 with you.
As for me, behold, I will dwell6 at Mizpah to serve2 6440 the Chaldeans, which will come4 unto us: but ye, gather3 ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put3 [them] in your vessels, and dwell3 in your cities that ye have taken.1
Likewise when all the Jews that [were] in Moab, and among the Ammonites, 5983 and in Edom, and that [were] in all the countries, heard1 that the king of Babylon had left1 a remnant of Judah, and that he had set52 over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan;
Then Johanan the son of Kareah spake1 to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying,2 Let me go,4 I pray thee, and I will slay55 Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know4 [it]: wherefore should he slay55 thee, that all the Jews which are gathered12 unto thee should be scattered,8 and the remnant in Judah perish?1
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