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{Jeremiah 40:1} The word 1697 that x834 came x1961 to x413 Jeremiah 3414 from x4480 x854 the LORD, 3068 after y310 that x310 Nebuzaradan 5018 the captain 7227 of the guard 2876 had let him go 7971 z8763 from x4480 Ramah, 7414 when he had taken 3947 z8800 him being bound 631 z8803 in chains 246 among 8432 all x3605 that were carried away captive 1546 of Jerusalem 3389 and Judah, 3063 which were carried away captive 1540 z8716 unto Babylon. 894
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This, and the four following chapters, record the events which occurred in Judea from the taking of Jerusalem to the retreat of the remnant of the people to Egypt; and contain several prophecies of Jeremiah concerning them there; which were "the word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord." It appears that Jeremiah, after being freed from prison, continued among the Jews, till he was bound, with others of them, and carried to Ramah; where he was set a liberty in the manner related.
"Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, ... Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people." {Jer 39:11-14}
"Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, [and] bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they [were] not." {Jer 31:15} + "Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth," {Jsh 18:25} + "And his return [was] to Ramah; for there [was] his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD." {1Sm 7:17}
"God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land]." {Psa 68:6} + "For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder." {Psa 107:16} + "And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. ... And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon [him], and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands." {Act 12:6-7} + "Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." {Act 21:13} + "For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you]: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." {Act 28:20} + "For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." {Eph 6:20} *marg.
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