Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah1 son of Ahikam,2 the son of Shaphan, to be over the people he had left behind in Judah.
When all the army officers and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah as governor, they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah--Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, and their men.
Gedaliah took an oath to reassure them and their men. "Do not be afraid of the Babylonian officials," he said. "Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you."
In the seventh month, however, Ishmael son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, who was of royal blood, came with ten men and assassinated3 Gedaliah and also the men of Judah and the Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.426
At this, all the people from the least to the greatest, together with the army officers, fled to Egypt5 for fear of the Babylonians.
In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodacha became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin6 from prison on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month.
He spoke kindly7 to him and gave him a seat of honor8 higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table.930
Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.10