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Jeremiah 40 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Jeremiah Remains in Judah

(2Ki 25:22–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:1 - The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had released him from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains among all the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:2 - Now the captain of the bodyguard had taken Jeremiah and said to him, “The LORD your God promised this disaster against this place
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:3 - and the LORD has brought it and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the LORD and did not listen to His voice, this thing has happened to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:4 - “But now, behold, I am setting you free today from the chains that are on your hands. If [fn]you would prefer to come with me to Babylon, come along, and I will [fn]look after you; but if [fn]you would prefer not to come with me to Babylon, [fn]do not come. Look, the whole land is before you; go wherever it seems good and right for you to go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:5 - As [fn]Jeremiah was still not going back, [fn]he said, “Go on back then to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has 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 ration and a gift, and let him go
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:6 - Then Jeremiah went to Mizpah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:7 - Now all the 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 [fn]children, those of the poorest of the land who had not been exiled to Babylon
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:8 - So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, along with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, both they and their men
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:9 - Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, “Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, so that it may go well for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:10 - “Now as for me, behold, I am going to stay in Mizpah to stand for you before the Chaldeans who come to us; but as for you, gather wine, summer fruit, and oil, and put them in your storage vessels, and live in your cities that you have taken over.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:11 - Likewise, also all the Jews who were in Moab and among the sons of Ammon and in Edom, and who were in all the other countries, heard that the king of Babylon had [fn]left a remnant for Judah, and that he had appointed over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:12 - Then all the Jews returned from all the places to which they had been scattered and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruit in great abundance
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:13 - Now Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were in the field came to Gedaliah at Mizpah
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:14 - and said to him, “Are you well aware that Baalis the king of the sons of Ammon has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life?” But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam did not believe them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:15 - Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying, “Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no one will know! Why should he take your life, so that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered and the remnant of Judah would perish?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 40:16 - But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, “Do not do this thing, for you are telling a lie about Ishmael.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit it is good in your eyes
Lit set my eyes on
Lit it is evil in your eyes
Lit refrain
Lit he
I.e., Nebuzaradan
Lit infants
Lit given
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