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Jeremiah 43:3-6

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43:3 But Baruch son of Neriah is stirring you up against us. 1  He wants to hand us over 2  to the Babylonians 3  so that they will kill us or carry us off into exile in Babylon.” 43:4 So Johanan son of Kareah, all the army officers, and all the rest of the people did not obey the Lord’s command to stay in the land. 43:5 Instead Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led off all the Judean remnant who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered. 4  43:6 They also led off all the men, women, children, and royal princesses 5  that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had left with Gedaliah, 6  the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. This included the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch son of Neriah.

1 tn Or “is inciting you against us.”

2 tn Heb “in order to give us into the hands of the Chaldeans.” The substitution “he wants to” as the equivalent of the purpose clause has been chosen to shorten the sentence to better conform with contemporary English style.

3 tn Heb “Chaldeans.” See the study note on 21:4 for explanation.

4 sn These are the people who are referred to in Jer 40:11-12.

5 tn Heb “the daughters of the king.” See the translator’s note on 41:10.

6 sn This refers to the group mentioned in Jer 40:7 and 41:10. The two groups together constituted all the people who were at Mizpah when Gedaliah was murdered, had been taken captive by Ishmael, had been rescued by Johanan and the other army officers, and had consulted Jeremiah at Geruth Chimham.



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