whom Jehovah graciously bestows. (1.) One of the Gadite heroes who joined David in the desert of Judah (1 Chr. 12:12). (2.) The oldest of King Josiah's sons (1 Chr. 3:15). (3.) Son of Careah, one of the Jewish chiefs who rallied round Gedaliah, whom Nebuchadnezzar had made governor in Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:23; Jer. 40:8). He warned Gedaliah of the plans of Ishmael against him, a warning which was unheeded (Jer. 40:13, 16). He afterwards pursued the murderer of the governor, and rescued the captives (41:8, 13, 15, 16). He and his associates subsequently fled to Tahpanhes in Egypt (43:2, 4, 5), taking Jeremiah with them. "The flight of Gedaliah's community to Egypt extinguished the last remaining spark of life in the Jewish state. The work of the ten centuries since Joshua crossed the Jordan had been undone."
johanan and his companions with the recovered captives made no attempt to return to Mizpah.
If so, he cannot be identified with johanan, the firstborn, as in the margin of our version.
In utter perplexity johanan and the other captains and all the people came to Jeremiah.
After him johanan the captain, and with him two hundred and eighty thousand.
So johanan, and the rulers that were with him, not being able to persuade Gedaliah, went away.
The patience of johanan and his followers is striking testimony to their sincere reverence for Jeremiah.
But the watchful eye of johanan, the son of Kareah, had been upon him, and assembling his band he went in swift pursuit.
johanan's movements had been too hurried to admit of his gathering in the inhabitants of outlying districts.
johanan and his whole company determined that when the day of retribution came the Chaldeans should find no one to punish.
When johanan's company reached the frontier, they would find the Egyptian officials prepared to receive them.