Chapter 46

1 And it came to pass in the ninth month of Sedekias king of Juda, that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon came, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. 2 And in the eleventh year of Sedekias, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. 3 And all the leaders of the king of Babylon went in, and sat in the middle gate, Marganasar, and Samagoth, and Nabusachar, and Nabusaris, Nagargas, Naserrabamath, and the rest of the leaders of the king of Babylon, 4 and they sent, and took Jeremias out of the court of the prison, and gave him in charge to Godolias the son of Achicam, the son of Saphan: and they brought him out, and he sat in the midst of the people.

15 And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias in the court of the prison, saying, 16 Go and say to Abdemelech the Ethiopian, Thus said the Lord God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good. 17 But I will save thee in that day, and I will by no means deliver thee into the hands of the men before whom thou art afraid. 18 For I will surely save thee, and thou shalt by no means fall by the sword; and 1thou shalt find thy life, because thou didst trust in me, saith the Lord.

Chapter 47

1 The word that came from the Lord to Jeremias, after that Nabuzardan the 2captain of the guard had let him go out of Rama, when he had taken him in manacles in the midst of the captivity of Juda, even those who were carried to Babylon.

2 And the chief captain of the guard took him, and said to him, The Lord thy God has pronounced all these evils upon this place: 3 and the Lord has done it; because ye sinned against him, and hearkened not to his voice. 4 Behold, I have loosed thee from the manacles that were upon thine hands. If it seem good to thee to go with


me to Babylon, then will I set mine eyes upon thee. 5 But if not, 3depart; return to Godolias the son of Achicam, the son of Saphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed governor in the land of Juda, and dwell with him in the midst of the people in the land of Juda: to whatsoever places it seems good in thine eyes to go, do thou even go. And the captain of the guard made him presents, and let him go. 6 And he came to Godolias to Massepha, and dwelt in the midst of his people that was left in the land.

7 And all the leaders of the host that was in the country, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Godolias governor in the land, and they committed to him the men and their wives, whom Nabuchodonosor had not removed to Babylon. 8 And there came to Godolias to Massepha Ismael the son of Nathanias, and Joanan son of Careë, and Saræas the son of Thanaemeth, and the sons of Jophe the Netophathite, and Ezonias son of the Mochathite, they and their men.

9 And Godolias swore to them and to their men, saying, Be not afraid before the children of the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be better for you. 10 And, behold, I dwell in your presence at Massepha, to stand before the Chaldeans who shall come against you: and do ye gather grapes, and fruits, and oil, and put them into your vessels, and dwell in the cities which ye have obtained possession of.

11 And all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the children of Ammon, and those that were in Idumea, and those that were in all the rest of the country, heard that the king of Babylon had granted a remnant to Juda, and that he had appointed over them Godolias the son of Achicam. 12 And they came to Godolias into the land of Juda, to Massepha, and gathered grapes, and very much summer fruit, and oil.

13 And Joanan the son of Careë, and all the leaders of the host, who were in the fields, came to Godolias to Massepha, 14 and said to him, Dost thou indeed know that king Beleissa son of Ammon has sent Ismael to thee to slay thee? But Godolias believed them not. 15 And Joanan said to Godolias secretly in Massepha, I will go now and smite Ismael, and let no man know it; lest he slay thee, and all the Jews that are gathered to thee be dispersed, and the remnant of Juda perish. 16 But Godolias said to Joanan, Do not the thing, for thou speakest lies concerning Ismael.

1 See ch. 45. 2.

2 Lit. chief cook. See Gen. 39. 1.

3 Gr. run away


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