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Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men,

only two of the asasins being probably sain, and went to 16 the Ammonites. Then took Johanan the son of

Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that (were] with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after [that] he had sain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, [even) mighty men of war, and the women,

and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had 17 brought again from Gibeon : And they departed, and

dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, an estate which David had given to Chimham

the son of Barzillai, and which was called by his name, to go 18 to enter into Egypt, Because of the Chaldeans; that is,

in order to proceed to Egypt out of the reach of the Chaldeans : for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land; they were fearful it would be imputed to them all as a revolt; a groundless fear ; for tho' the king of Babylon might have resented the murder of his viceroy, he would rather have applauded and rewarded Johanan, for slaying the murderers, and recovering the captives.

REFLECTIONS.

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HOSE who are most honest and friendly, and

mean the best, have need of prudence and discretion. It was wise in Gedaliah not to entertain jealousy of his subjects; but very unwise not to be more upon

his guard, after he had been warned of Ishmael's design. A proper medium is to be observed between hastily crediting and hastily rejecting or despising reports of injuries intended us, We should be cautious whom we trust, and while we show the courage of an honest heart, we should be upon our guard that we be not deceived by pretended friendship.

2. Observe here the dismal consequences of pride and ambition, and what dreadful evils they occasion in society. Ishmael treacherously New Gedaliah, because he thought, that being of the feed royal, he had a better claim to the government; and when once he was engaged in this bloody work, he flew those honest Ifraelites, because they were the friends of Gedaliah, tho' he had nothing to fear from them : and this cruelty he exercised upon his brethren and countrymen, who were all companions in the general affliction of the nation. Such monsters, such demons, do am. bition and malice turn men into: and we have need to pray earnestly, that God would restrain this ambitious spirit in our land, which seems otherwise likely to blast our hopeful prospects, and hurry us into ruin.

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3. See the uncertainty of human affairs, and how little the continuance of earthly blessings is to be depended upon. The poor Jews that were left in the land, began to think themselves happy in such a governor as Gedaliah, and probably would have been fo: but he was treacherously Kain; and then all their expectations were disappointed, and there was nothing but confusion again. Thus may God soon disappoint our most pleasing expectations; and bring upon us fresh troubles, while we are rejoicing in the restoration of peace. Let us therefore maintain a constant sense of the uncertainty of earthly comforts; and be solicitous to secure a kingdom that cannot be moved; an inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.

CHA P. XLII, XLIII. Johannan and the remnant of the people desire Jeremiah to ask

counsel of God what they should do ; the prophet assures thèin of safety in Judea, but of destrution in Egypt; Nevertheless the leading men carry the people there'; and the prophet foretells the conquest of Egypt by Nebuchadrezzar.

HEN all the captains of the forces, and Jo

hanan the fon of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hofhaiah, and all the people from the least even unto 2 the greatest, came near, And said unto Jeremiah the

prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD

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thy God, [even) for all this remnant ; (for we are left

(but] a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) 3 That the LORD thy God may show us the way wherein

we may walk, and the thing that we may do: nothing

could be more proper, humble, and respeãtful, than this 4 address, had it been honest. Then Jeremiah the pro.

phet said unto them, I have heard (you ;) behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it hall come to pass, [that] whatsoever

thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare [it] 5 unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. Then

they faid to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faith. ful witness between us, if we do not even according to

all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send 6 thee to us.

Whether it be) good, or whether (it be] evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when

we obey the voice of the Lord our God, 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of

the LORD came unto Jeremiah ; they were kept so long 8 in fufpense, to give them time to think. Then called he

Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the

forces which (were) with him, and all the people from 9 the leaft even to the greatest, And said unto them,

Thus faith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom

ye sent me to present your fupplication before him ; Io If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you,

and not pull (you) down, and I will plant you, and not pluck (you) up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you ; I will change my way of dealing

with you, and will no longer puniss you, without fresh 11 provocations, Be not afraid of the king of Babylon,

of whom yė are afraid ; be not afraid of him, faith

the LORDfor I sam] with you to save you, and to 12 deliver you from his hand. And I will show mercies

unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, I will incline him to show you favour, and cause you to return

to your own land; to your own cities and poffeffans, from !3 whence ye were driven by the late diftra&tions. But if ye fay, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey

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14 the voice of the LORD your God, Saying, No; but

we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see

no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have 15 hunger of bread; and there will we dwell: And now

therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah, Thus faith the LORD of hosts, the God of Ifrael ; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt,

if you are fully and obstinately resolved to leave your own 16 country, and go to sojourn there; Then it shall come

to pass, (that) the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine,

whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you 17 there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. So shall it be

with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine and by the pestilence: and none of them shall

remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon 18 them. For thus faith the Lord of hosts, the God of

Israel ; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; fo shall my fury be poured forth upon you,

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shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach : and ye

shall see this place no more. 19 The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant

of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that In ve admonished you this day ; I have testified against your leaving your land, especially againft your going to E

Eypi, bucause it is an idolatrous country, and af enmity 20 with the ring of Babylon. For ye dissembled in your

hearts, when ye fent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and ac

cordug unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so 21 declare unto us, and we will do [it.] And (now) I

have this day declared [it] to you; but ye have not

obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any 22 [thing) for the which he hath sent me unto you. Now

therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go [and] to fojourn.

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Chap. XLIII. And it came to pass, [that] when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, [even] all these words, (a strong exprefron, denoting the authority

of God's word, and their great wickedness and obstinacy 2 in acting contrary to it;) Then spake Azariah the son of

Hofhaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest false

ly: the LORD our God hath not fent thee to say, Go 3 not into Egypt to sojourn there : But Baruch the son

of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put

us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon. 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of

the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of 5. the Lord, to dwell in the land of Judah. But Jo

hanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were re

turned from all nations, whither they had been driven, 6 to dwell in the land of Judah ; [Even] men, and

women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the

son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch : 7 the son of Neriah. So they came into the land of

Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they (even] to Tahpanhes.

Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah in 9 Tahpanhes, saying, Take great stones in thine hand,

and hide them in the clay in the brick kiln, which [is] at the entry of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, or, in

the way that leads to it, in the fight of the men of 10 Judah; And say unto them, Thus faith the Lord of

hosts, • What ftrange, inconfiftent conduct was this! They knew him to be a prophet, and that his words had been fulfilled; yea, they set him on to enquire of the Lord, and promised obedience. Had he and Baruch chosen to go to Babylon, they might have gone when the captain solicited them. It was therefore an idle and absord suggeltion,

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