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 assassinated1 Gedaliah and also the men of Judah and the Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.226
At this, all the people from the least to the greatest, together with the army officers, fled to Egypt3 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 Jehoiachin4 from prison on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month.
He spoke kindly5 to him and gave him a seat of honor6 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.730
Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.8