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19 Then said the Princes unto Baruch, Go hide thee, thou and Jeremiati; and let no Man know where ye be.
20 And they went in to the King into the Court, but they laid op the Roll in the Chamber of Elifhema the Scribe, and cold all the Words in the Ears of the King.
21 So the King lent Jehudi to fer the Roll, and Jehudi read it in the Ears of the King, and in the Ears of all the Princes which stood befide the King
22 Now the King fat in the Winter-houfe, in the ninth Month; and there was a Fire on the Hearth.
23 And it came to pats that when Jehudi had read three or four Leaves, he cur it with the Penknife, and cast it into the Fire, until all the Rous was consumed.
24 Yet they were not AFRAID, nor rent their Garments, neither the King nor any of his Servants that heard all these WORDS.
26 But the King commanded Jerahmeel, and Seraiah, and Shelamiah, to take Baruch the Scribe, and Jeremiah the Prophet; but the LORD HID them.
27 Then the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, : 28 Take thee again another Roll, and write in it all the former WORDS that were in the first Roll.
29 And thou shalt Say to Jehoiakim, Thus faith the LORD, Thou bait burnt this Roll, faying, why halt thou written, saying, The King of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this Land, and fhall cause to ceale from thence Man and Beast?
30 Therefore thus faith ihe Lord of Jehoiakim King of Judah, He fall have none to sit upon the Throne of David, and his dead Body shall be cast out in the Day to the Heat, and in the Night to the Froft
31 And I will punish him and his Seed, and his Servants, for their Ini. quity, and I will bring upon the Men of Judah all the Evil that I hare PRONOUNCED against them, but they HEARKNED not.
32 Then took Jeremiah anoTHER ROLL, and gave it to Baruch, who wrote therein from the Mouth of Jereiniah all the WORDS of the Book which
Jehoiakim had burnt, and there were added belides unto them, many Lill · Words,
II. KINGS CHAP. XXIV. Jehoiakim first fubdued by Nebuchadnezzar, then rebelling against him, procureth his own Ruin. 5 Jehoiakim fücceedeth him. 7 The King of Egypt is vanquished by the King of Babylon. 8 Jehoiakim bis evil Reign. 10 Yerusalem is taken and carried Captive into Babylon. 17 Zedekiah is made King, and reigneth ill, unto the utter Destructisa of Judah.
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Ber. I TN his Days Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon came
I up, and Jehoiakim became his Servant three Years: then he turned and rebelled against him.
2 And the Lord fent against him Bands of the Chaldees, and Syrians, and Moabites, and of the Children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the
WORD of the LORD, which he spake by his Servants the
3 Surely at the Commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his fight for the Sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did.
4 And also for the INNOCENT BLOOD that he fhed (for he filled Jerufalem with innocent Blood) which the LORD would not pardon.
5 Now the rest of the Acts of Jehoiakim, and his Abominations, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
6 So Jehoiakim slept with his Fathers : and Jehoiachin his Son reigned in his ftead.
8 Jehoiachin was eighteen Years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three Months.
9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his Father had done.
10 At that Time the Servants of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the City was besieged.
11 And Nebuchadnezzar came against the City, and his Servants did besiege it.
12 And Jehoiachin the King of Judah went out to the King of Babylon, he and his Mother, and his Princes, and his Officers : and the King of Babylon took him in the EIGHTH Year of his Reign.
13 And he carried out thence all the Treasures of the House of the LORD, and the Treasures of the King's House, and cut in pieces all the Vessels of Gold which Solomon King of Israel had made in the Temple of the LORD, as the Lord had SAID.
14 And he carried away all the Princes, and all the mighty Men of Valour, even ten thousand Captives, and all the Craftsmen and Smiths : none remained save the poorest sort of the People of the Land.
15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, his Wives, and his Officers.
16 And all the Men of Might, even seven thousand, and Craftsmen, and Smiths a thousand, all that were strong, and apt for War, were brought Captive to Babylon. ..
17 And the King of Babylon made Mattaniah his Father's Brother King in his stead, and changed his Name to Zedekiah,
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18 Zedekiah was twenty and one Years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven Yeats in Jerusalem.
19 And he did that which was eyil in the Sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
20 For through the Anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his Presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the King of Babylon.
CHA P. XXV.
Ferufalem is besieged. 4 Zedekiah taken, his Sons flair, eri his Eyes put out. $ Nebuzaradan defaceth the City, lare rieth the Remnant, except a few poor. Labourers, into Captivity: 13 Spoileth and carrieth away the Treasures. 18 The Nobles are pain at Riblah. 22 Gedaliah, who was set for them that remained, being pain, the rest flee into Egi. 27 Evil-merodach advanceth Jeboiachin in his Court,
Ver. 1 AND it came to pass in the ninth Year of his Reign,
1 in the tenth Day of the tenth Month, that Nebuchadnezzar came, and all his Host, against Jerusalem.
2 And the City was besieged unto the eleventh Year of King Zedekiah.
3. And on the ninth Day of the fourth Month, the Famine prevailed in the City, and there was no Bread for the · People of the Land."
4. And the City was broken up, and all the Men of War fied by Night, by the Way of the Gate between two Walls which is by the King's Garden (now the Chaldees were against the City round about) and the King went away toward the Plain.
5 And the Army of the Chaldees pursued after the King, and overtook him in the Plains of Jericho: and all his Army was scattered from him.
6 So they took the King, and brought him up to the King of Babylon, to Riblah, and they gave Judgment upon him.
7 And they flew the Sons of Zedekiah before his Eyes, and put out the Eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with Fetters of Brass, and carried him to Babylon.
8 And in the fifth Month, on the seventh Day of the Month which is the nineteenth Year of King Nebuchad
nezzar) came Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard of the King of Babylon unto Jerusalem :
9 And he burnt the House of the LORD, and the King's House, and all the Houses of Jerusalem.
10 And all the Army of the Chaldees that were with the Captain of the Guard, brake down the Walls of Jerusalem.
! Now the rest of the People that were left in the City, and the Fugitives that fell away to the King of Babylon, with the Remnant of the Multitude, did Nebuzaradan the Captain carry away...
12 But the Captain of the Guard left of the Poor of the Land, to be Vine-dressers, and Husbandmen.
15 And the Fire-pans, and the Bowls, and such Things. as were of Gold, in Gold, and of Silver, in Silver, the Captain of the Guard took away.
16 The two Pillars, one Sea, and the Bases which Solomon had made for the House of the LORD, the Brass of all these Vessels was without Weight. ..
18 And the Captain of the Guard took Seraiah the Chief Priest, and Zephaniah the second Priest, and the three Keepers of the Door.
19 And out of the City he took an Officer that was set over the Men of War, and five Men of them that were in the King's Presence, which were found in the City, and the principal Scribe of the Host, which muftered the People of the Land, and threescore Men of the People of the Land that were found in the City.
20 And Nebuzaradan Captain of the Guard took these, and brought them to the King of Babylon, to Riblah. ** 21And the King of Babylon (mote them, and flew them at Riblah in the Land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their Land.
22 And as for the People that remained in the Land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar had left, over them he made Gedeliah Ruler.
23 And when all the Captains of the Armies, they and their Men, heard that the King of Babylon had made Gedaliah Governour, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael, and Johanan and Seraiah and Jaazaniah, they, and their Men. 24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their Men, and
faid unto them, Fear not to be the Servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the Land, and serve the King of Babylon, and i: Thall be well with you.
25 But it came to pass in the seventh Month, that Ihmael, 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 fpake kindly to him, and set his Throne abore 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 Life.
30 And his Allowance was a continual Allowance given him of the King, a daily Rate for every Day, all the Days of his Life.
IT is conceived it may not be improper to add the followI ing Chapters out of the Book of Jeremiah, which contains several Circumstances relating to the Captivity, that are not found either in the Books of Kings or Chronicles.
JER. XXXVII. Ver. I edekiah reigned instead of Coniah the Son of Je
u 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, Pray now unto the LORD OUI God for us.