Jeremiah, being set free by Nebuzar-adan, goeth to Gedaliah.
Jeremiah 40:1 The thing that happened unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh, after Nebuzaradan chief of the royal executioners had let him go from Ramah,when he had taken him, he having been bound in fetters in the midst of all the captive-host of Jerusalem, and Judah, who were being carried away captive to Babylon. Jeremiah 40:2 So then the chief of the royal executioners took Jeremiah,and said unto him, Yahweh thy God, had threatened this, calamity, against this place; Jeremiah 40:3 and so Yahweh hath brought it about and done it, just as he threatened,for ye have sinned against Yahweh, and have not hearkened unto his voice, and so this thing hath befallen, you. Jeremiah 40:4 Now, therefore, lo! I have loosed thee today, from the fetters which were upon thy hand: If it be good in thine eyes to come with me into Babylon, come, and I will set mine eyes upon thee, but, if evil in thine eyes to come with me into Babylon, forbear,see! all the land, is before thee, whither it may be good and right in thine eyes to go, thither, go! Jeremiah 40:5 And ere yet, he could make replyGo thou back then unto Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath set in charge over the cities of Judah, and dwell thou with him in the midst of the people, or, whithersoever it may be right in thine eyes to go, go! So the chief of the royal executioners gave him an allowance and a present, and let him go. Jeremiah 40:6 Then came, Jeremiah unto Gedaliah son of Ahikam, to Mizpah, and dwelt with him in the midst of the people who were left in the land.
The dispersed Jews repair unto him.
Jeremiah 40:7 Now, when all the captains of the forces which were in the fieldthey and their men, heard, that the king of Babylon had set Gedaliah son of Ahikam in charge over the land,and that he had committed to him men and women and children, and the poor of the land, of those who had not been carried away captive to Babylon, Jeremiah 40:8 then came they in unto Gedaliah in Mizpah,both Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan sons of Kareah, and Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah son of the Maachathite, they and their men. Jeremiah 40:9 Then Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, sware, unto them, and to their men, saying, Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans,dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, that it may be well with you. Jeremiah 40:10 But, as for me, behold me! remaining in Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans, who may come unto us. Ye, however, gather ye wine and summer fruits and oil, and put [them] in your vessels, and dwell in your cities which ye have seized. Jeremiah 40:11 Likewise also, all the Jews, who were in Moab and among the sons of Ammon and in Edom, and who were in any of the lands, when they heard that the king of Babylon had granted a remnant to Judah, and that he had set in charge over them, Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, Jeremiah 40:12 yea, then returned all the Jews, out of all the places whither they had been driven, and came into the land of Judah, unto Gedaliah, in Mizpah,and gathered wine and summer fruits, in great abundance.
Johanan revealing Ishmael's conspiracy is not believed.
Jeremiah 40:13 But, Johanan son of Kareah, and all the princes of the forces which were in the field, came unto Gedaliah, in Mizpah, Jeremiah 40:14 and said unto himDost thou, at all know, that, Baalis, king of the sons of Ammon, hath sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah, to smite thee to death? But Gedaliah son of Ahikam, believed them not. Jeremiah 40:15 Then, Johanan son of Kareah, spake unto Gedaliah, secretly, in Mizpah, saying,Let me go, I pray thee, and smite Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and not, a man, shall know it,wherefore, should he smite thee to death, and all Judah who have gathered themselves unto thee, be dispersed, and the remnant of Judah perish? Jeremiah 40:16 Then said Gedaliah son of Ahikam, unto Johanan son of Kareah, Thou mayest not do this thing,for, falsely, art thou, speaking against Ishmael.