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said unto them, Fear not to be the Servants of theChaldees: dwell in the Land, and serve the King of Babylon, and it ihall be well with you."
25 But it came to pass in the seventh Month, that Ishmael, of the Seed-royal, came, and ten Men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.
26 And all the People, and the Captains of the Armies arofe, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees.
27 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth Year of the Captivity of Jehoiachin King of Judah, in the twelfth Month, on the seven and twentieth Day of the Month, that Evil-merodach King of Babylon, in the Year that he began to reign, did lift up the Head of Jehoiachin King of Judah out of Prison.
28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his Throne above the throne of the Kings that were with him in Babylon,
29 And changed his Prison-garments: and he did eat Bread continually before him all the Days of his Lise.
30 And his Allowance was a continual Allowance given him of the King, a daily Rate for every Day, all the Days of his Lise.
IT is conceived it may not be improper to add the following Chapters out of the Book of Jeremiph, which contains several Circumstances relating to the Captivity, that are not found either in the Books of Kings or Chronicles,
J ER. XXXVII.
Yer. i^V'edekiah reigned instead of Coniah the Son of.Jef 4 hoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar made King in the Land of Judah.
2 But neither He, nor his Servants, nor the People of the Land, did Hearken unto the Words of the Lord, which he spake by the Prophet Jeremiah.
3 And Zedekiah sent Jehucal and Zephaniah the Priest to the Prophet Jeremiah, saying, Praj now unto the Lord our God for us,
'4 faow Jeremiah came in and went out among the People: for they had not put him into Prison.
5 Then Pharaoh's Army was come forth out of Egypt, and when the Chaldeans that befieged Jerusalem heard Tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.
6 Then came the Word of the Lord unto the Prophet Jeremiah, saying,
7 Thus faith the Lord, the God of Israel, Thus shall ye say to the King of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me, Behold, Pharaoh's Army which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own Land.
8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this City, and take it, and burn it with Fire.
9 Thus saith the Lord, Deceive not yourselves, saying, "The Chaldeans shall surely depart: for they shall not depart.
io For though ye had smitten the whole Army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but Wounded Men among them, yet should they rise up every Man in his Tent, and burn this City with Fire.
11 And it came to pass that when the Army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for sear of Pharaoh's Army,
• i z Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the Land of Benjamin.
13 And when he was in the Gate of Benjamin, a Captain of the Ward was there, and he took Jeremiah, saying, Thou sallest away to the Chaldeans.
14 Then said Jeremiah, It is salse, I sall not away to the Chaldeans: but he hearkned not to him: so Ixijah took Jeremiah and brought him to the Princes.
15 Wherefore the Princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in Prison.
16 When Jeremiah was entred into the Dungeon, and into the Cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many Days.
17 Then Zedekiah sent, and took him out; and the •King asked him secretly in his House, and said, Is there any Word from the Lord? and Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the Hand of ;the King of Babylon.
18 Moreover, Jeremiah said unto King Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy Servants, or against this People, that yc have put me in Prison?
19 Where are now your Prophets which prophefied unto you, saying, The King of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this Land?
20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my Lord the King, let my Supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the House of Jonathan the Scribe, lest I die there.
21 Then Zedekiah the King commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the Court of the Prison, and that they should give him daily a Piece of Bread out of the Baker's Street, until all the Bread in the City were spent, Thus Jeremiah remained in the Court of the Prison.
I Jeremiah is put into the Dungeon: 7 Ebed-mekch getteth bits some Enlargements: 14 His Counsel to the King.
Ver. I't'hen Shephatiah, and Gedaliah, and Suca, and J. Pashur, heard the Words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the People, saying,
2 Thus saith the Lord, He that remaineth in this City shall die by the Sword, by the Famine, and by the Pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his Lise for a Prey, and shall live.
3 Thus saith the Lord, This City shall surely be given into the Hand of the King of Babylon's Army, which shall take it.
4 Therefore the Princes said unto the King, We beseech thee, let this Man be put to Death: for thus he weakeneth the Hands of the Men of War that remain in this City, and the Hands of all the People, in speaking such Words unto them: for this Man sceketh liot the Welfare of this People, but the Hurt.
5 Then Zedekiah said, Behold, he is in your Hand: for the King is not he that can do any thing against you.
6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the Dungeon of Malchiah: and they let down Jeremiah with Cords. and in the Dungeon there was no Water, but Mirb: so Jeremiah sunk in the Mire.
7 Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the Eunuchs which was in the King's House, heard that they ha4 put Jeremiah in the Dungeon,
8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the King's House, and spake to the King, saying, 9 My
9 My Lord the King, these Men have done Evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the Prophet, whom they have cast into the Dungeon, and he is like to die for Hunger in the Place where he is, for there is no more Bread in the City.
10 Then the King commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, take from hence thirty Men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the Prophet out of the Dungeon before he die.
11 So Ebed-melech took the Men with him, and took old cast Clouts, and old rotten Rags, and let them down by Cords into the Dungeon to Jeremiah.
12 And Ebed-melech said unto Jeremiah, put now these old cast Clouts, and rotten Rags under thine Arm-holes, under the Cords, and Jeremiah did so.
13 So they drew up Jeremiah with Cords, and took him up out of the Dungeon, and Jeremiah remained in the Court of the Prison.
14 Then Zedekiah sent, and took Jeremiah to him, and the King said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a Thing: hide nothing from me.
15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to Death? and if I give thee Counsell, wilt thou not hearken to me.
16 So Zedekiah the King sware secretly unto Jeremiah, as the'LoRD liveth that made us this Soul, I will not put thee to Death, neither will I give thee into the Hand of these Men that seek thy Life.
17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus faith the Lord, the God of Hosts, the God of Israel, If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the King of Babylon's Princes, then thy Soul shall live, and this City shall not be burnt with Fire, and thou shalt live, and thine House.
18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the King of Babylon's Princes, then shall this City be given into the Hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with Fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their Hand.
19 And Zedekiah the King said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their Hand, and they mock me.
20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee; OPey, I beseech thee, the Voice of the Lord which I speak
Gggjj untu unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy Soul shall live.
21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the Word that the Lord hath shewed me.
22 And behold, all the Women that are left in the King of Judah's House, shall be brought forth to the King of Babylon's Princes, and those Women shall say, Thy Friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy Feet are funk in the Mire, and they are turned away back.
23 So they shall bring out all thy Wives and thy Children to the Chaldeans, and thou shalt not escape out of their Hand, but shall be taken by the Hand of the King of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this City to be burnr.
24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no Man know of these Words, and thou (halt not die.
25 But if the Princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and fay unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the King; hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to Death j also what the King said unto thee.
26 Then thou (halt say unto them, I presented my Sup-* plication before the King, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's House, to die there.
27 Then came all the Princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him, and he told them according to these Words, that the King had commanded: so they left off speaking with him: for the Matter was not perceived.
28 So Jeremiah abode in the Court of the Prison, until the Day that Jerusalem was taken, and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.
Ver. iTN the ninth Year of Zedekiah, in the tenth Month, JL came Nebuchadrezzar, and all his Army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.
2 And in the eleventh Year of Zedekiah, in the fourth Month, the ninth Day of the Month, the City was broken up. •
3 And all the Princes of the King of -Babylon came in, and fat in the middle Gate.
+ And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah saw them,