Jeremiah, being set free by Nebuzar-adan, goeth to Gedaliah.
Jeremiah 40:1 This is þe maner how the lord intreated Ieremy, when Nabuzaradan the chefe captaine had let him go fre from Ramah, whither he had led him bounde amonge all the presonners, that were caried from Ierusalem & Iuda vnto Babilon. Jeremiah 40:2 The chefe captayn called for Ieremy, & said vnto him: The Lorde thy God spake myghtely before of the misery vpon this place. Jeremiah 40:3 Now the Lorde hath sent it, & perfourmed it as he had promised: For ye haue sinned agaynst the Lorde, & haue not bene obedient vnto hys voyce, therefore commeth this plage vpon you. Jeremiah 40:4 Beholde, I louse the boundes from thy handes this daye: yf thou wilt now go with me vnto Babilon, vp then: for I wyll se to the, and prouyde for the. But yf thou wilt not go wyth me to Babilon, then remayne here. Beholde all the lande is at thy wil, loke where thou thinkest conuenient and good for the to abyde, there dwell. Jeremiah 40:5 Yf thou canst not be contente to dwell alone, then remayne with Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam, the sonne of Saphan: whom the king of Babilon hath made gouernoure ouer the cities of Iuda, & dwell with him among the people, or remayne wheresoeuer it pleaseth the. So the chefe captayne gaue him his expenses with a rewarde, and let him go. Jeremiah 40:6 Then went Ieremy vnto Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam to Mazphah, & dwelt there with him among the people that were left in the lande.
The dispersed Jews repair unto him.
Jeremiah 40:7 Now when the Captaynes of the hoste of Iuda (which with their felowes were scatred abroad on euery side in the lande) vnderstode that the king of Babilon had made Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam gouernoure in the land, & that man, wyfe & childe, yea & the pore men in the lande (that were not led captyue to Babilon) should be vnder his iurisdiccion. Jeremiah 40:8 They came to Godoliah vnto Mazphah: Namely, Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah, Iohanan, & Ionathah the sonnes of Kareah, Sareah the sonne of Thanhometh, the sonnes of Ophai the Netophatite, Iesaniah the sonne of Maachati with their companions. Jeremiah 40:9 And Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam, the sonne of Saphan, swore vnto them, and their felowes on thys maner: Be not afraied to serue the Caldees, dwell in the lande, and do the kinge of Babilon seruice, so shall ye prospere. Jeremiah 40:10 Beholde, I dwell at Mazphah to be an officer in the Caldees behalfe, & to satisfye such as come to vs. Therfore gather you wine, corne and oyle, & kepe them in youre ware houses, & dwell in youre cities that ye haue in kepynge. Jeremiah 40:11 Yea, al the Iewes also that dwelt in Moab vnder the Ammonites, in Idumea, and in all the countreyes, when they hearde, that the Kynge of Babilon had made Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam the sonne of Saphan, gouernoure vpon them that were left in Iuda. Jeremiah 40:12 All the Iewes (I say) returned out of al places where they fled vnto: and came into the lande of Iuda to Godoliah vnto Mazphah, and gathered wine & other frutes, and that very much.
Johanan revealing Ishmael's conspiracy is not believed.
Jeremiah 40:13 Moreouer Iohanan the sonne of Careah and al the captaynes of the Hoste, that were scatred on euery side in the lande, came to Godoliah in Mazphah, & sayde vnto him: Jeremiah 40:14 knowest thou not that Baalis kynge of the Ammonites hath sent Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah, to slaye the? But Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam beleued them not. Jeremiah 40:15 Then sayd Iohanan the sonne of Careah vnto Godoliah in Mazphah these wordes secretely: Let me go, I pray the, and I wil slaye Ismael the sonne of Nathaniah, so that no bodye shall knowe the. Wherfore he will kyll the, that all the Iewes whiche resorte vnto the, myght be scatred, and the remnaunte in Iuda peryshe? Jeremiah 40:16 Then sayde Godoliah the sonne of Ahicam to Iohanan the sonne of Careah: Thou shalt not do it, for they are but lyes, that men saye of Ismael.