Jeremiah 41

1 In the seventh month Ishʹmael son of Nethaniʹah son of Elishʹama, who was of the royal line and one of the principal men of the king, came with ten other men to Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam at Mizʹpah. As they were eating a meal together in Mizʹpah,

2 Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah and the ten men who were with him rose up and struck down Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam the son of Shaʹphan with the sword. So he put to death the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.

3 Ishʹmael also struck down all the Jews who were with Gedaliʹah in Mizʹpah, as well as the Chaldeʹan soldiers who were there.

4 On the second day after Gedaliʹah had been put to death, before anyone knew about it,

5 there came 80 men from Sheʹchem, from Shiʹloh, and from Samarʹia. Their beards were shaved off, their garments were ripped apart, they had cut themselves, and they had grain offerings and frankincense in their hand to bring to the house of Jehovah.

6 So Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah went out from Mizʹpah to meet them, weeping as he walked along. When he encountered them, he said to them: “Come to Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam.”

7 But when they came into the city, Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah and his men slaughtered them and threw them into the cistern.

8 But there were ten men among them who said to Ishʹmael: “Do not put us to death, for we have hidden stores of wheat, barley, oil, and honey in the field.” So he refrained from putting them to death along with their brothers.

9 Now Ishʹmael threw all the carcasses of the men he had killed into a great cistern, the one that King Aʹsa had made because of King Baʹasha of Israel. This was the cistern that Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah filled with the slain men.

10 Ishʹmael took captive all the rest of the people in Mizʹpah, including the daughters of the king and all the people left in Mizʹpah, whom Nebuʹzaradʹan the chief of the guard had put in the custody of Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam. Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah took them captive and went off to cross over to the Amʹmonites.

11 When Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah and all the army chiefs who were with him heard about all the evil that Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah had done,

12 they took all the men and went off to fight against Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah, and they found him by the great waters in Gibʹeon.

13 All the people who were with Ishʹmael rejoiced when they saw Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah and all the army chiefs with him.

14 Then all the people whom Ishʹmael had taken captive from Mizʹpah turned around and went back with Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah.

15 But Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah and eight of his men escaped from Johaʹnan and went to the Amʹmonites.

16 Johaʹnan the son of Kareʹah and all the army chiefs who were with him took with them the rest of the people from Mizʹpah, those whom they had rescued from Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah after he had struck down Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam. They brought the men, the soldiers, the women, the children, and the court officials back from Gibʹeon.

17 So they went and stayed in the lodging place of Chimʹham next to Bethʹlehem, intending to go on into Egypt

18 because of the Chaldeʹans. For they had become afraid of them, since Ishʹmael the son of Nethaniʹah had struck down Gedaliʹah the son of Ahiʹkam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.

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