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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Jeremiah 39:1-18

39  In the ninth year of Zed·e·ki′ah the king of Judah, in the tenth month,+ Neb·u·chad·rez′zar the king of Babylon and all his military force came to Jerusalem and began to lay siege to it.+  In the eleventh year of Zed·e·ki′ah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was broken through.+  And all the princes of the king of Babylon proceeded to come in and sit down in the Middle Gate,+ [namely,] Ner′gal-shar·e′zer, Sam′gar-ne′bo, Sar′se·chim, Rab′sa·ris,* Ner′gal-shar·e′zer the Rab′mag* and all the rest of the princes of the king of Babylon.  Now it came about that as soon as Zed·e·ki′ah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, they began to run away+ and to go out by night from the city by the way of the garden of the king,+ by the gate between the double wall; and they kept going out by the way of the Ar′a·bah.*+  And a military force of the Chal·de′ans went chasing after them,+ and they got to overtake Zed·e·ki′ah in the desert plains of Jer′i·cho.+ Then they took him and brought him up to Neb·u·chad·rez′zar the king of Babylon at Rib′lah+ in the land of Ha′math+ that he might pronounce upon him judicial decisions.+  And the king of Babylon proceeded to slaughter+ the sons of Zed·e·ki′ah in Rib′lah before his eyes,+ and all the nobles of Judah the king of Babylon slaughtered.+  And the eyes of Zed·e·ki′ah he blinded,+ after which he bound him with copper fetters, in order to bring him to Babylon.  And the house of the king and the houses of the people the Chal·de′ans burned with fire,+ and the walls of Jerusalem they pulled down.+  And the rest of the people who were left remaining in the city, and the deserters that had fallen away to him, and the rest of the people who were left remaining Neb·u′zar·ad′an+ the chief of the bodyguard+ took into exile to Babylon.+ 10  And some of the people, the lowly ones who had nothing at all, Neb·u′zar·ad′an the chief of the bodyguard let remain in the land of Judah;+ and he went on to give them vineyards and compulsory services on that day.+ 11  Furthermore, Neb·u·chad·rez′zar the king of Babylon gave command concerning Jeremiah by means of Neb·u′zar·ad′an the chief of the bodyguard, saying: 12  “Take him and keep your own eyes set upon him, and do not do to him anything bad at all.+ But just as he may speak to you, so do with him.”+ 13  Accordingly Neb·u′zar·ad′an+ the chief of the bodyguard and Neb·u·shaz′ban the Rab′sa·ris,* and Ner′gal-shar·e′zer the Rab′mag and all the principal men* of the king of Babylon sent; 14  they even proceeded to send and take Jeremiah out of the Courtyard of the Guard+ and give him over to Ged·a·li′ah+ the son of A·hi′kam+ the son of Sha′phan,+ in order to bring him forth to [his] house, that he might dwell in the midst of the people. 15  And to Jeremiah the word of Jehovah occurred while he happened to be shut up in the Courtyard of the Guard,+ saying: 16  “Go, and you must say to E′bed-mel′ech+ the E·thi·o′pi·an, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said: “Here I am bringing true my words upon this city for calamity and not for good,+ and they will certainly happen before you in that day.”’+ 17  “‘And I will deliver you in that day,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘and you will not be given into the hand of the men of whom you yourself are scared.’+ 18  “‘For I shall without fail furnish you an escape, and by the sword you will not fall; and you will certainly come to have your soul as a spoil,+ because you have trusted in me,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.”


Or, “the chief court official; the chief attendant.” Heb., Rav-sa·ris′.
Or, “the chief magician (soothsayer; astrologer); the chief of the great ones.” Heb., Rav-magh′.
Or, “the desert plain.”
See vs 3 ftn, “Rabsaris.”
Or, “the chiefs of.” Heb., rab·beh′.